Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Questions (958)

Michael McNamara

Question:

958. Deputy Michael McNamara asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if his attention has been drawn to recent incidents in which imported food has turned up on supermarket shelves carrying Bord Bia labels; his views as the Minister with responsibility for food on Bord Bia effectively promoting foreign produce as Origin Ireland and, thereby, misleading consumers here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5516/20]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

I am not aware of any recent incidents as outlined by the Deputy.

For packaged meat to be to be labelled with the “Q” mark “Origin Ireland” – all stages of production, processing and packaging have to take place within Ireland with all these participants being members of the Bord Bia Sustainable Quality Assurance Scheme.

I would like to advise the Deputy, that all operational issues to do with the Bord Bia Quality Assurance Schemes are matters for that organisation. Should the Deputy have any further concerns in relation to the use of Bord Bia labels, then he should contact them directly at info@BordBia.ie.