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Speaking from Buenos Aires, Argentina, where the EU-Mercosur trade discussions are on hold until the New Year without agreement, IFA President Joe Healy said the serious threat from a bad deal on beef and poultry has not gone away.

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IFA President Joe Healy has urged consumers to check twice to make sure the food they buy this Christmas is really Irish, and is priced in an economically sustainable manner.

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IFA President Joe Healy said the latest EU FVO (Food and Veterinary Office) report covering the Weak Flesh meat scandal and corruption in Brazil confirms that the Brazilian authorities seriously misled the EU Commission, and cannot guarantee European consumers that meat products exported to the EU have been produced in accordance with EU requirements.

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The IFA is protesting this morning outside the EU Commission offices in Mount Street in Dublin. The protest is over the EU Commission’s proposal to offer Brazil and other South American countries further access to the EU market for beef and poultry as part of the Mercosur trade negotiations.

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IFA has called for employment permits to be made available to farm workers from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) to meet labour and skills shortages on Irish farms.

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