Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Questions (741)

Dara Calleary

Question:

741. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the rationale for the changes to the veterinary inspection scheme at meat factories; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23832/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

In January of this year, my Department reached agreement with Veterinary Ireland in relation to the provision of new arrangements for the delivery of the meat inspection service, taking account of improvements required for effective service delivery.

The agreement was balloted upon and accepted by members of Veterinary Ireland, effective from 1 February 2019.

This agreement will ensure the meat inspection service will continue to be delivered in a way that protects consumers and promotes confidence in the safety of meat and meat products produced and marketed in Ireland.