Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Questions (497)

Paul Kehoe

Question:

497. Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans for the application of certification post-Brexit (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12139/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

Bord Bia operates a series of quality assurance schemes for the food industry, full details on which can be sourced at https://www.bordbia.ie/industry/farmers/quality/pages/qualityassuranceschemes.aspx.

Logos have been developed to promote the QASs to the consumer and can only be used on product by members of Bord Bia QASs. Where a logo is to be used on product, all links in the production of the finished product must be QAS Certified members.

There are currently a number of quality assurance logos that are permitted to be used, depending, primarily on the origin of the produce. A comprehensive document on the Bord Bia Logo Use Policy is available at https://www.bordbia.ie/industry/farmers/quality/Documents/Quality-Assurance-Scheme-Logo-Guidelines2017.pdf.

Any implications arising from Brexit will be considered by Bord Bia in due course.