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Ferris welcomes Coughlan U turn on Brazilian Beef

18 December, 2007

The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Agriculture, Martin Ferris TD, has welcomed what he described as a "u turn" by Agriculture Minister Mary Coughlan on the issue of the importation of Brazilian beef into the EU. Last night the Minister said that she had requested Health Commissioner Kyprianou to impose restrictions on the imports.

Deputy Ferris said, "I welcome both the decision of the Commissioner to seek restrictions and the u turn by Minister Coughlan who up until very recently was opposing any proposal to ban Brazilian beef. Even following the publication of the Food and Veterinary Office report on November 7th the Minister was giving every indication that she would continue to oppose restrictions.

"Obviously she has taken on board the concerns of the Irish farming organisations and changed her mind. That is to be welcomed as is the fact that no beef is to be imported from Brazil that is not fully certified to comply with the standards expected of EU producers. The only way to ensure that this is the case is to impose a complete ban." ENDS

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