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Archibald backs vets’ call for maintaining EU food regulations

30 September, 2016 - by Caoimhe Archibald

Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has backed a call by the British Veterinary Association for current EU regulations to remain in place in the event of a Brexit.

The East Derry MLA said that the agri-food sector believes the EU rules ensure high standards in food production.

The vice chair of the Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs committee said:

"Earlier this week a statement from the British Veterinary Association called for regulations currently in place regarding animal health and welfare, food safety and workers rights, to remain in place.

“They also called on the British government to seek opportunities to improve standards, particularly in animal welfare and food safety.

“Their call to maintain high standards in agri-food production shows clearly that EU regulations should not be reduced or removed. 

"The regulations we have in place across our own agri-food sector here in the north assure consumers of the high quality of our produce, with Irish produce being renowned globally for its quality. 

“Those within the sector know this only too well.

"The referendum result has created only uncertainty and the remain vote here in the north must be respected.

“All mechanisms to ensure that happens need to be explored."

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