Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Questions (990)

Joe Flaherty

Question:

990. Deputy Joe Flaherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will address a matter (details supplied) regarding the trade assurance scheme for combinable crops scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8743/21]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The role of my Department, as the competent authority for official controls along the animal feed chain, is to ensure the implementation and enforcement of EU and National feed legislation, including those requirements relating to hauliers and the transport of feed.

The Trade Assurance Scheme for Combinable Crops (TASCC) is a voluntary scheme developed, owned and implemented by the Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC), which is UK-based. My Department, therefore, has no role in the operation of this Scheme.

The status of the Scheme now that the United Kingdom has left the EU, and the certification of EU participants, is a matter that would have to be considered by the Confederation itself.