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Ferris calls for ban on Brazilian beef imports

12 July, 2007

The Sinn Féin spokesperson on Agriculture, Martin Ferris TD, has come out in support of a campaign to force the EU Commission to impose a ban on the import of beef from Brazil. The demand is based on substantial evidence which proves that such beef is being produced under conditions that violate health and safety standards within the EU as well as carrying the substantial risk that the meat is contaminated with Foot and Mouth Disease.

Deputy Ferris said, "Having reviewed the evidence produced by the IFA investigation into Brazilian beef, I am happy to reiterate my previous call for such imports to be banned. The report of the investigation makes it clear that Brazilian producers and exporters are openly flouting the standards that are imposed on Irish and other EU producers. Not only does this represent unfair competition but it also carries the risk that consumers are at risk from a health perspective.

"The Irish Government needs to support the rights of Irish farmers and consumers by using its influence within the Commission to call for such a ban to be imposed. That is the only way to ensure that the interests of the Irish beef sector and of Irish consumers are properly safeguarded." ENDS

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