Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1385)

Peter Burke


1385. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question No. 973 of 26 March 2019, the status of a case (details supplied); if follow-up actions need to be taken by the applicant or his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35050/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

Officials from the Veterinary Public Health Inspection Service of my Department carried out a follow up inspection at the pig-meat processing plant in question on August 1st 2019.

The purpose of the inspection included updating DAFM Management on on-going developments at the processing plant and also to facilitate further discussion on Third Country Market Access.

During the inspection, a number of outstanding issues were identified and plant management were notified that these issues would need to be addressed in order to achieve an acceptable standard for compliance with EU Regulations and for access to Third Country markets.

The Food Business Operator indicated their commitment to improved compliance and agreed to furnish my officials with plans for the required upgrades and developments relating to a number of areas within the plant.