Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Questions (468)

Luke 'Ming' Flanagan

Question:

468. Deputy Luke 'Ming' Flanagan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine pursuant to article 5(4) of SI 357 of the European Communities (Equine) Regulations 2011, as amended, which requires issuing bodies to mark part II of section IX of the passport for equines identified outside the time limits as not intended for human consumption, if he will confirm the number of foals that were born in the years 2011, 2012 and 2013, respectively, that were stamped or marked out in accordance with article 5(4) of SI 357 of 2011; if he will provide a breakdown of that number between the various issuing bodies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14953/14]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

Data extracted from my Department's equine database shows that number of equines born in the years 2011, 2012 and 2013 that were subsequently stamped or marked out of the food chain is 4,199, 2,858 and 647 respectively. The specific reason for the exclusion of an animal from the food chain is not recorded on the database. A breakdown by Passport Issuing Organisation is contained in the following table.

Equines born 2011 – 2013 subsequently excluded from the Food Chain

Passport Issuing Organisation

2011

2012

2013

Connemara Pony Breeder's Society

157

183

0

Horse Passport Agency

167

148

50

Horse Sport Ireland

2,690

1,470

231

Irish Appoloosa Society

9

6

1

Irish Piebald & Skewbald Association (Trading as Leisure Horse Ireland)

392

288

47

Kerry Bog Pony

5

11

1

Warmblood Studbook of Ireland

2

1

0

Weatherby's Ireland GSB Limited

777

751

317