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Japanese response to Foot and Mouth underlines need to develop Irish brand

7 August, 2007

Sinn Féin Agriculture Spokesperson, Fermanagh South Tyrone MLA Gerry McHugh has expressed concern at news that a consignment of pork from County Tyrone was stopped from entering Japan despite the fact that the EU have give local producers the green light to continue exporting.

Mr McHugh said:

"It is very worrying that despite the green light for local producers to export that Japan has turned away a consignment of pork from County Tyrone.

"Sinn Féin have consistently argued that our local farmers are at a disadvantage because our produce is tainted with the link to Britain.

"This development again underlines the need for our produce to be recognised as Irish produce and marketed as such.

"The swift response of the Farm Minister Michelle Gildernew to the outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease in England has been recognised in both Dublin and Europe. This means that our local farmers can continue to export. We now need to make the most of the internationally recognised clean green image of Irish produce." ENDS

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