Pig industry ‘has been let down’
ONE MEMBER of the Wicklow/Wexford branch of the IFA Pig and Pig Meats Committee feels the industry has been badly let down by the Government and their lax attitude toward testing.
Millstream Recycle, Bunclody, County Wexford, is at the centre of the storm after PCB dioxins were found in animal feed and pork fat samples.
Now all pork products produced from pigs slaughtered in the State have been recalled from the marketplace. It’s also suspected that between 20 and 25 other countries also received Irish pork products suspected of contamination.
Wicklow/Wexford IFA member and pig farmer Conor Clarke feels the Government could have done more to ensure the likes of the feed recycler in Bunclody were more stringently tested on a regular basis.
‘I feel we have all been totally let down by the Government. They should have inspected plants like the one in Bunclody far more frequently to ensure this sort of thing didn’t happen.’
It is believed that the main animal feed product at the centre of the controversy is a waste product made up of baking bread, pizzas and biscuits. It has also been speculated that the use of non-feed grade oil in the drying of pizza dough and biscuits for livestock feed could be the reason why PCB dioxins were discovered.
The aim for Mr. Clarke is to get pork products safely back into the market place, but he predicts there could be some difficulties.
‘Obviously we want things to return to normal as quickly as possible but a compensation package will also need to be provided for factories whose products are coming back to them unpaid for.’