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Adams raises TTIP and all-Ireland food label at Phil Hogan meeting

24 June, 2015 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has raised concerns around the Transatlantic Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan.

Mr Adams, who was joined at the meeting on Tuesday by Sinn Féin Agriculture Spokesperson and Kerry North TD Martin Ferris, also discussed with the Commissioner the desirability of an ‘Island of Ireland’ food label.

Teachta Adams said:

“I very much welcomed the opportunity to meet with Commissioner Hogan this week.

“I raised with him my concerns about threats to food standards and to the safety and livelihoods of Irish farm families presented by TTIP.

“I also raised the consequences for Irish food producers of new EU regulations requiring food products to be labelled according to ‘state of origin’.

“I pointed out that Ireland’s case is unique within the EU because of the anomaly of Partition and the fact that livestock born one side of the border are often finished on the other side resulting in a ‘mixed origin’ label being applied to food products.

“Sinn Féin is advocating an ‘Island of Ireland’ food label to deal with this problem and both Martin Ferris and I pressed this strongly with the Commissioner who was clearly sympathetic to the points we raised on this matter.

“It is our intention now to raise the issue of an ‘Island of Ireland’ food label with Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney with a view to getting his support and to brief Northern Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill who has already made clear her support for this idea.” 

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