Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Ceisteanna (220)

Michael Fitzmaurice

Ceist:

220. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of times food business organisations have accessed herd numbers of farmers through the AIM system; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1922/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

It is understood that the Deputy is referring to access to details of herd keepers on the Animal Identification and Movement System (AIMS) that is available to the Food Business Operator (FBO)of slaughter plants. FBOs have access on the AIMS database to information on the specific animals presented for slaughter by herd keepers, such as the date of birth, breed, gender and disease history - all of this information is required by the FBO under legislation and is also available on the animal’s passport. The only personnel with access to herd numbers of herd keepers in FBO premises are Department personnel with secure logins that are present in FBOs as representatives of the Competent Authority to supervise operations.