Irish investigation into beef dressed as chicken
IFA National Sheep Committee Chairman Henry Burns this
week called on the Minister for Agriculture Mary Coughlan to undertake a full
investigation into mislabelling of meat in some Eurospar supermarket outlets,
including lamb stamped New Zealand and re-labelled as Irish.
Henry Burns said IFA members in Kilkenny have discovered frozen legs of
lamb with official New Zealand meat stamps relabelled with Eurospar labels
stating that the product is Irish lamb. He said, â€œthis re-labelling raises very
serious questions, is totally contradictory and highly misleading.
Minister Coughlan must undertake a full investigation of the
Henry Burns said it is totally unacceptable to both producers and consumers
that re-labelling of this type would be tolerated.
It is the
responsibility of the Minister and the relevant authorities, including the Food
Safety Authority to ensure that immediate action is taken to protect consumers
and producers alike.
The National Sheep Chairman said IFA members in Co. Laois have also found a
further series of mislabelling in the Eurospar store in Portlaoise. â€œIn this
case lamb was being sold in shelf-ready packs marked 'Irish chicken' and without
the official EU oval health mark. In addition, beef was being sold in packs
marked as 'Irish chicken', pork was being sold in packs marked 'Irish lamb' and
chicken was being sold in packs marked 'Irish lamb'â€.
Henry Burns said it is appalling that IFA has discovered two clear cases of
mislabelling in Eurospar stores at the same time.
This requires a full
and thorough investigation by Minister Coughlan and the authorities.
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