Irish pig producers in crisis
Pig producers gathered in the town of Abbeyleix on
Tuesday to discuss the continued pig producers are currently
Representatives of the processing sector and millers attended the meeting.
In an effort to alleviate the situation, Irish Minister for Agriculture, Mary
Coughlan, has applied in writing for approval from the EU for Ireland's proposed
country of origin meat labelling legislation.
In her letter, which was revealed to Irish newspaper Irish Farmers
Journal, she states that "Ireland has sent to the Commission proposed
national legislation concerning the origin labelling of certain meats, including
"The draft legislation is based on the belief that consumers are entitled to
transparent information as to the origin of their food. It is a matter of
particular concern for the pigmeat sector and needs to be addressed in order to
ensure that consumer confidence in EU products is not eroded".
The Irish Farmers' Association pigmeat committee chairman, Michael Maguire,
told the meeting that the recent Bord Bia (Irish Food Agency) campaign on
Quality Assurance had been quite successful at regaining a greater share of the
home market for Irish pigmeat.
â€¢ Irish Farmers' Association
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