The Irish Farmer’s Association, IFA, are staging a sit-in protest at the Department of Agriculture buildings in Dublin today,Wednesday December 12th, over Minister Creeds failure to name the factories who are guilty of excessively trimming carcasses.
A group of farmers and IFA representatives made their way to the department building earlier today in response to IFA President, Joe Healy’s, recent calls to Minister Creed to name the offenders.
“There is clearly something very strange going on and we need an immediate explanation from the Minister as to what is happening in our meat plants,” said the IFA president recently.
“At the meeting, we insisted that Minister Creed publish the list of the factories involved. It is completely unacceptable that the names of the guilty parties are being covered up. These names of these offenders must be published without delay,” he said.
Mr. Healy then called on Minister Creed on television to “name and shame” the guilty parties.
According to reports, only 2% of carcasses are actually monitored, with 21 cases of excessive trimming discovered in the 2% of carcasses monitored thus far. Eamonn Corley, spokesperson of the Beef Plan Group, says the Minister’s response to the issue is “less than satisfactory to say the least.”
“There were 28 cases identified in the up to 2% of carcasses that were checked in 2016 also," Eamon said.
"If this is a genuine mistake why is it happening every year and why has it not been corrected by now - we consider this a very serious matter." He added.
The Beef Plan group is now encouraging farmers to make a Freedom of Information request to Department; the Minister and local TDs or ministers seeking "the name and location of each beef processor that has been caught excessively trimming beef carcasses in the past 3 years.", as originally reported by us here.