Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Questions (281)

Charlie McConalogue


281. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of a commitment made when the beef forum was set up to introduce a permanent system of carcase trim monitoring and recording in beef factories by using the latest technology. [12698/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

Carcase classification and carcase presentation controls in slaughter plants are carried out by a dedicated team of specialist staff in the Beef Carcase Classification Section within my Department.

As committed to in the Beef Forum, additional monitoring of carcase presentation by my Department’s veterinary public health inspection staff (VPHIS) in the factories has been introduced since January 1st, 2019 and should provide further assurance to stakeholders that the appropriate dressing specification is being applied in factories.