03 Jun 2011
PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCIES AND RETAILERS MUST DO MORE TO REASSURE CONSUMERS ON IRISH PRODUCEHorticulture
IFA Deputy President Eddie Downey said the Food Safety Authority and other public health agencies have confirmed that this outbreak is not an issue for Irish produce.
As a result of concern among the public in relation to the outbreak of e-coli in northern Germany, IFA has called on the public health agencies to do more to reassure consumers on the safety of the produce on the shelves. Retailers must also highlight the origin of all fresh produce as there is a plentiful supply of most fruit and vegetables available from Irish producers.
He said it was unacceptable that any retailer would fail to honour a supply contract with Irish producers as the easy option in dealing with public concerns.
Facing into the Bank Holiday week-end, and with good weather in prospect, consumers can be reassured about the safety of Irish fruit and vegetables.