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de Brún calls on Commission to formalise 'Brand Ireland' approach to agriculture

31 August, 2007

Following the recent outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in Britain in which the EU decided wisely to treat the north as being unlinked to the British food industry, Sinn Féin's MEP Bairbre de Brún has called upon the European Commission to formalise this approach to ensure security for local produce in the future.

"The EU's acceptance that the quality of our local produce can remain unaffected even when there is an animal health or food threat in Britain is a common-sense realisation which should now be formalised.

"Now is the perfect time for the EU to give our food industry peace-of-mind by formally accepting that outbreaks of disease on our neighbouring island will not necessarily threaten our food safety and thus our prosperity." stated Ms de Brún.

"I will be working with Agriculture Minister Michelle Gildernew in an effort to reach this sensible position." ENDS

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