Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Questions (188)

Martin Kenny


188. Deputy Martin Kenny asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if the World Organisation for Animal Health considers that beef from an animal which has come from a holding on which a historical case of BSE was confirmed should be treated differently when being exported; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49190/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

As part of the regulatory controls for food safety, there is a State veterinary presence in every meat plant and this veterinarian conducts an ante-mortem inspection on every animal presented for slaughter. In addition, and on a precautionary basis, all specified risk material must be removed from all animals slaughtered and this is also verified by the State veterinarian present in the plant.

No evidence has been found to show that a holding on which an animal with BSE was discovered in the past poses a higher risk to the food chain than a holding that never had a case of BSE.

However, the conditions applied by third countries importing beef from Ireland are determined by control authorities in these countries.