Farm Ireland

Monday 20 November 2017

MEP slams EU for lack of imports monitoring

Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

FINE GAEL MEP Mairead McGuinness has questioned the ability of the EU to properly monitor all food imports.

Ms McGuinness was referring to a report by the EU Ombudsman last week, which pointed out that the commission only responded when it had evidence there were problems.

Speaking at the Ossory Show in Co Laois over the weekend, she said the EU had to protect its farmers and food producers from unfair competition.

"Food produced by countries outside of the EU does not conform to the high standards of EU production," she said. "It is, unfortunately, not subject to the same rigorous controls and inspections, as evidenced by comments made on Brazilian beef imports by the EU Ombudsman last week.

"In his report, the ombudsman points out that the commission only responds when it has evidence that there are problems, but if the commission is not regularly carrying out on-the-spot inspections then it will not have the necessary evidence on which to take action," she added.

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