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Ferris: Survey Confirms Concerns Over Food Imports

31 August, 2006

The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Agriculture and Food, Martin Ferris TD has said that a consumer survey published this morning by Agri Aware confirms the concern that has been expressed by many over the origin and standard of items on sale to the consumer. Less than 20% of those polled had full confidence in fresh imported food. This compares to almost 70% who are fully confident in domestically produced food.


The Kerry North TD said: “The survey confirms a number of things that have been highlighted by people involved in the Irish food sector over the past number of years, including food producers themselves. The main one is the belief that much of the food that this country is expected to open its markets to in no way conforms to the health and safety criteria expected of Irish and EU produce. This is especially true with regard to imported meat.


“The other concern is that food imports may affect consumer’s health. The report cites more than a dozen reasons including freshness, disease, and the possibility that produce may be genetically modified, as to why Irish consumers have no confidence in imported food. Significantly, most people cited lack of trust in the information given about the product.

Given the huge confidence that Irish people have in Irish food it is crucial that the Government resist further attempts to swamp the market in inferior imports, and that it radically alters its stance on both the importation of genetically modified food imports, and moves to allow the growing of GM crops here.”



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