Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Ceisteanna (1007)

Matt Carthy

Ceist:

1007. Deputy Matt Carthy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of temporary veterinary inspectors who have been employed at each relevant food processing plant; the number of temporary veterinary inspectors who signed the waiver at each plant in cases where they were over 70 years of age or otherwise extremely medically vulnerable to Covid-19, by each month in 2020, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26463/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

My Department engages independent private veterinary practitioners to provide services in meat plants to support DAFM staff in 49 meat plants by providing meat inspection services. The total numbers of such Temporary Veterinary Inspectors (TVIs) on panels at each relevant plant and the number of those over 70 years of age or otherwise extremely medically vulnerable to Covid-19 provided waivers at each plant by month in 2020 (from July to September) is provided in tabular form.

Meat plant

Total number of  TVIs on panel

Waivers received July

Waivers received August

Waivers received September

ABP Rathkeale Limerick

20

1

-  

-  

AIBP Bandon Cork

24

5

-  

-  

AIBP Nenagh Tipperary

34

2

-  

-  

AIBP, Cahir, Tipperary

28

-

-  

-  

AIBP, Ferrybank  Waterford

31

3

-  

-  

AIPB Clones Monaghan

19

-

-  

-  

Ashbourne Meats Tipperary

25

-

-  

-  

Ballon Meats

15

-

-  

-  

C&J Meats

7

-

-  

-  

Carton Brothers

20

-

-  

-  

Dawn Charleville foods Cork

28

1

1  

-  

Dawn Meadow Meats Rathdowney   Laois

21

-

-  

-  

Dawn Meats Ballyhaunis Mayo

28

-

-  

-  

Dawn Meats Grannagh Waterford

26

4

-  

-  

Dawn Pork&Bacon Waterford

36

-

-  

-  

Dunbia slane, Meath

14

1

-  

-  

Dunleavy Meats

15

1

-  

-  

Emerald Isle

1

1

-  

-  

Eurofarm meath

24

-  

-  

-  

Finn Meats

13

-

-  

-  

Foyle Meats

21

1

-  

-  

Green Pastures

12

-

-  

-  

Grove Turkeys

6

-

-  

-  

Hogans Turkeys

1

-

-  

-  

ICM Camolin Wexford

26

2

-  

-  

ICM Navan

21

3

-  

-  

IGWT

6

-

-  

-  

Kavanagh Meat, Wexford

9

-

-  

-  

Kepak Clonee

22

2

-  

-  

Kepak Watergrasshill, Cork

22

-  

-  

-  

Kepak, Athleague, Roscommon

32

-

-  

-  

Kepak, Kilbeggan, Westmeath

21

2

-  

-  

Kildare Chilling

34

7

-  

-  

Liffey Meats Ballinasloe

12

2

-  

-  

Liffey Meats, Carlow

11

3

-  

-  

Liffey Meats, Cavan

21

-

-  

-  

Martin Jennings

16

2

-  

-  

McCarrons Cavan

14

1

-  

-  

Michael Staunton & Sons,   Cork

25

-

-  

-  

Moyvalley Meats Kildare

16

-

-  

-  

Rosderra Edenderry, Offaly

41

5

-  

-  

Rosderra Roscrea, Tipperary

39

1

-  

-  

Shannonside Foods

2

-

-  

-  

Silverhill Duckling

8

2

-  

-  

Slaney Meats

21

-

-  

-  

T O'Regans Shannonvale

8

-

-  

-  

Western Brand Chickens

15

1

-  

-  

Ballaghadreen Bacon Co. Ltd,   Roscommon

1

-

-  

-  

The overall cohort of TVIs includes those who are over 70 and/or who are otherwise extremely medically vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19. Initially, my Department, in line with HSE guidance on cocooning, and in recognition of its responsibilities towards contractors which it engages, did not engage these individuals in order to protect their health. As guidance evolved, my Department put in place a protocol for the engagement of those TVIs over 70 and/or otherwise vulnerable to COVID-19. The waiver and the accompanying communications make clear that TVIs, as contractors, have responsibilities regarding their own health and safety and that they must undertake a risk assessment process and, if necessary, provide a waiver before this engagement takes place.