North-South co-operation is vital in light of Scottish BSE scare – Kenny
Speaking in his constituency today, Sinn Féin spokesperson for Agriculture Martin Kenny TD said that reports of a farm being on lock down due to the discovery of BSE in Scotland are very worrying and that co-operation between veterinary and agricultural authorities North and South must act to prevent a spread to this island.
Deputy Kenny said:
“I have written to the Chief Veterinary Officer at the Department of Agriculture to urge him to co-operate fully with our Northern counterparts to ensure that this island is protected from BSE.
“There is extensive import of livestock from Scotland into the North and in the past we have managed to implement the strictest controls to prevent the spread of disease to this island.
“Sinn Féin has also contacted the Department of Agriculture, Environment, and Rural Affairs in the North to see what measures are being taken there.
“The North previously achieved Negligible Risk Status and it is vital that this status is protected. The island of Ireland has very robust mechanisms to prevent and monitor BSE and other risks to animal health and to ensure that the food chain remains uncontaminated.
“I hope to hear from the CVO today that he has contacted his Northern counterpart to put a plan in place while we await further information about this worrying development.”