Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (1019)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

1019. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will provide a schedule of substances such as agricultural animal remedies and growth hormones stored and disposed of through the facility at Backweston, County Kildare, in 2019, 2020 and to date in 2021; and the quantities of same. [6936/21]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

My Department engages closely with other State organisations in the interception and seizure of illegal substances where relevant.

Customs Officers regularly identify and detain illegal importations and notify my Department of these seizures. The subsequent follow up actions required are managed by the Investigations Division and the Veterinary Medicines Section of my Department. A schedule of these substances is attached which identifies the products destroyed and those currently stored in Backweston.

In relation to substances seized directly by DAFM officers or substances identified by Customs and passed directly to Department investigators, records of these are not readily available. However, below is a schedule of products currently stored in Backweston.

Table A

Table B