‘Single European market being undermined.’
Sligo News File Online
Farmers are being denied a fair price for their produce owing to what has been described as the “widespread abuse of country of origin labelling.”
The claim has been made by the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers Association who are demanding immediate action on “the abuse of country of origin labelling by supermarkets.”
Commenting following an ICSA meeting with Sinn Fein MEP Matt Carthy, the organisation’s beef committee chairman Edmond Phelan said “such obvious abuse of country of origin labelling by multinational retailers cannot be tolerated.
“The single European market is being undermined in respect of cattle being sold into Northern Ireland and Britain.
“Irish cattle are being discriminated against and this cannot be allowed to continue. The free movement of goods, as enshrined in EU law, should, in theory, protect Irish beef farmers, but the widespread abuse of country of origin labelling leaves them out of pocket and struggling at every turn to get a fair price for their produce.”
Calling on Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney to work with MEPs to “put pressure on the European Commission to take a robust approach where labelling laws are being flagrantly abused,” Mr. Phelan also urged that Department of Agriculture officials “ensure the problem is addressed in Europe on behalf of Irish beef farmers whose produce is not being valued.”