Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture Éamon Ó Cuív has said Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney should ensure that all EU citizens can feel confident regarding the meat products they are consuming.

Deputy Cuív is calling on Minister Simon Coveney to convene a special meeting of EU Agriculture Ministers to address the crisis.

He commented, “Minister Coveney is President of the Council of European Agriculture Ministers now so he can call a summit to deal with this issue.  We need to find out if other countries have been exposed in the same way Ireland and the UK have been.  It is inevitable that the meat products sold to Ireland were sold on to other burger manufacturers in other countries in the EU.

Deputy Ó Cuív added: “Ingredients and raw materials supplied by European processors to ABP are now said to be the focus of efforts to find out how the contamination occurred in the first place.

“European consumers need confidence in labelling, production and inspections across the EU. Obviously there is an immediate need to deal with this crisis facing us now but EU Ministers will also have to consider, in conjunction with regulators like the FSAI, if the standards and regulations in place in Europe are enough to rebuild and maintain consumer confidence into the future.

“We need to ensure that the same high standards being applied to monitoring and inspections in Ireland are also being applied across the EU.”