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de Brún adds her voice to Brazilian beef call

4 September, 2007


Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún today added her voice to calls for action on the issues of concern to farmers and consumers regarding the importation of Brazilian beef.

Ms de Brún stated:

"There cannot be a position whereby beef imported from outside the EU does not meet the same standards as beef produced inside the EU, and that includes questions of traceability and border controls. Consumer confidence and fair treatment for Irish farmers demands this."

"Clearly, as things stand, further action is needed by the Brazilian authorities with regard to transparency and traceability in particular. I hope my support for this declaration by MEPs can help maintain the pressure before lasting damage is done to our beef industry.

"Whatever else is achieved by this initiative in the European Parliament, it should act as a spur to the Commission and to the Brazilian authorities to resolve the outstanding issues of concern." ENDS

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