IFA Reaction to Case of Bse

Reacting to the results confirming an isolated case of BSE, IFA President Eddie Downey said our export and home markets had responded to the news of this case in a calm and balanced manner, as he expected.

Eddie Downey said consumers can be re-assured about the robustness of the food safety controls in place in Ireland. This and the high quality of Irish food has rightly reassured export markets from all over the world.

The IFA President has been in close contact with the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney on the matter.

Eddie Downey said he expects the Minister to set up a Beef Forum meeting shortly to review this and progress on the Forums work agenda and to outline how his Department and Bord Bia are redoubling their efforts to open new markets and seek further export opportunities for our growing food sector.

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