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IFA: Food Safety Task Force Established

by 5m Editor
29 January 2009, at 7:25am

IRELAND - Professor Patrick Wall of UCD today addressed the IFA Executive Council on the newly-established Food Safety Task Force announced by IFA President at the AGM on Tuesday (27 January 2009).


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"Lessons must be learned from the feed contamination scare that put the reputation of the Irish food industry in jeopardy and cost the exchequer dearly."
Padraig Walshe

The Task Force, which will be chaired by Padraig Walshe, will assess all risks and the necessary actions including inspections required to prevent the recurrence of the feed contamination, which led to the pork recall last month.

Professor Wall said the Task Force was an excellent initiative and he was delighted to be associated with it. He said, “It is very important that Ireland protected its standing as a producer of quality, traceable food. The consequences of non-compliance would be disastrous for our reputation. It is essential that we continue to identify emerging trends and evaluate interventions.”

The IFA President said the purpose of the Task Force was to heighten farmer participation in all aspects of food traceability and consumer assurance. Mr Walshe said the IFA Food Safety Task Force would deliver its findings and recommendations to the Food Safety Authority and the Department of Agriculture, which were the regulatory agencies for food safety.

Padraig Walshe said, “Lessons must be learned from the feed contamination scare that put the reputation of the Irish food industry in jeopardy and cost the exchequer dearly. What happened in the contamination of Irish pork is totally unacceptable, and must never be allowed to happen again.

“At the Oireachtas Agriculture Committee hearing into the pork recall, I listed the hard questions that have to be asked – and answered – to prevent a recurrence of the systems failure at the food recycling plant in Carlow.”

The IFA President said, “In IFA we believe a risk-based assessment with constant reviewing of practices, technology, processes and traceability is the way forward.”

Further Reading

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