Pig in­dus­try ‘has been let down’

Bray People - - Pork Crisis -

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.’

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