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McGahan confident that stolen beef not entering food chain

1 December, 2015 - by Bronwyn McGahan

Sinn Féin MLA Bronwyn McGahan has welcomed assurances from Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill that there is no evidence stolen cattle are entering the food chain.

 Ms. McGahan said:

 “I raised the issue of stolen cattle entering the food chain with Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill given the amount of livestock stolen over the past few years.

 “The Veterinary Services Enforcement Branch (VSEB) carries out regular checks on slaughter houses here to ensure the highest standards and traceability of our meat.

 “The minister has assured me there is no evidence from the VSEB that any of these cattle have entered the food chain.

  “At present there are around 30 head of cattle being stolen each month and we need to stop this illegal activity.

 “I would appeal with anyone especially those within the farming community who have any information to bring it forward so that we can continue to protect the integrity of our meat products and maintain the reputation we have built world wide for beef.” 

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