Thursday, 6 December 2018

Ceisteanna (201)

Bernard Durkan

Ceist:

201. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the extent to which adequate slaughtering facilities remain readily available to meet the needs of beef, lamb and pig producers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51454/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

The slaughter of livestock in this country for human consumption is carried out at facilities which are approved by either the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine or by the relevant local authorities.

There are currently 49 meat plants approved and supervised by my Department to slaughter animals for human consumption. The numbers of animals slaughtered from the main species in Department-supervised plants in 2017 were 1.63m cattle, 2.67m sheep, 3.29m pigs, 95.5m poultry. Smaller abattoirs are supervised by local authorities and a full list of them can be found on the Food Safety Authority of Ireland’s (FSAI) at https://oapi.fsai.ie/LAApprovedEstablishments.aspx.

The establishment of a slaughtering plant is a commercial decision made by individuals or companies. At present I have not been alerted to any issue with the capacity of the processing industry to meet the throughput requirements for the various sectors outlined by the Deputy.