Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Ceisteanna (513)

Michael Fitzmaurice

Ceist:

513. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if approved manual carcass graders are employed by his Department or the food business operator when they are called upon in a situation in which a mechanical grading machine is found to be working out of synchronicity; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12414/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1184 of 20 April 2017 governs the monitoring of carcase classification, carcase presentation and weighing.

If a mechanical classification machine is found to be working outside EU defined tolerances the factory is instructed to revert to manual grading immediately.  All manual classifiers are factory employees and are licensed to classify by my Department under the above regulation.  Where manual classification is applied, this is identified on the farmer's remittance documents.