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Food Labelling.

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 11 March 2010

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Ceisteanna (203, 204)

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

201 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the number of instances in respect of which checks by his Department have uncovered labelling or other documentation which appears to subvert traceability regulations in each of the past three years; the number of such checks carried out in this period; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12187/10]

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Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

202 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the number of checks initiated by his Department to verify food labelling with particular reference to the country of origin and compliance with Irish and EU regulations in each of the past three years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12188/10]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 201 and 202 together.

Responsibility for enforcement of labelling legislation rests with the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) through its service contracts with my Department, the Sea Fisheries Protection Agency, the Health Services Executive, the Local Authorities and the National Consumer Agency. As far as my Department is concerned, labelling checks are carried out as part of the routine official checks at meat plants where there is a permanent presence of DAFF Veterinary or Technical staff. Checks are conducted on a random, risk based frequency and cover labelling, traceability/origin, identification of cattle, labelling of carcasses, meat, mince meat and meat products.

Questions Nos. 203 and 204 answered with Question No. 191.
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