Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Questions (282)

Charlie McConalogue

Question:

282. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of the programme for a partnership Government commitment to continue to explore the potential development of an all-island label to successfully address the problems associated with so-called nomad cattle. [12699/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The labelling of food in the European Union is governed by a number of EU regulations which lay down strict requirements including in relation to mandatory country of origin labelling for certain meats. Under these EU rules, labels on meat from cattle born and reared in Ireland and exported live to Northern Ireland, and subsequently slaughtered there, must include the Member State of birth and rearing, and the Member State of slaughter.

The potential development of an all-island beef label on a voluntary basis, which has previously been suggested, will not be an option if the UK leaves the European Union.