Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture & Food Éamon Ó Cuív is calling for assurances on food labelling standards here. At the moment, products only display the information required by the country in which they were made, rather than adopting a full and transparent approach.
Deputy Ó Cuív explained, “Consumers want to know what is in the products they’re eating and when they are shopping in a supermarket, they are reliant on the information on the product labels. It is essential that there is consistency and full transparency in labelling so that consumers are not left in the dark about the nutritional value of these food products.
“Irish consumers must have complete clarity in the food labelling of all products they purchase. There can be no room for misleading and inconsistent labelling.
“The Irish agri-food industry is heavily dependent on exports, with 90% of all produce exported annually. Ireland needs to keep watch on any EU proposals that would disproportionately negate our capacity to continue to export our world class food produce.
“The new Minster for Agriculture must work with national authorities and colleagues at EU level to ensure there is a fit for purpose food labelling system in place, while ensuring Irish farmers’ produce to export markets is not constrained”.