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All Ireland food label needed for farmers - McElduff

3 February, 2016 - by Barry McElduff

 Sinn Féin MLA Barry McElduff has said the next Irish Government needs to do more to resolve the issue around creating an all-Ireland food label.

 Mr McElduff said,

 “The Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development Michelle O’Neill told the Assembly this week that she is doing all in her power to achieve all-Ireland labeling for food.

 “The Minister also indicated she had been jointly invited, along with Irish government Minister Coveney to meet with farmers, processors and marts in an further attempt to resolve this ongoing issue.

 “It is important especially to farmers in the North that we achieve one label of origin for all livestock on the island. At the moment farmers in the North are being penalised due to partition.

 “I am disappointed that while the Minister, DEFRA in Britain and European Commissioner Hogan have recognised this negative impact on our farmers that outgoing Irish Agriculture Minister Coveney has only paid lip service to the plight of the farmers.

 “The island-of-Ireland food label would solve the issue for the beef sector and other sectors that are impacted on as a result of country-of-origin labeling.

 “It is crucial after the Southern Election that any new Agriculture Minister ensures all-island labeling is top of their agenda and we resolve the issue as soon as possible.”

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