The Minister for Agriculture, Mary Coughlan, has banned the importation of all live animals, fresh meat and non-pasteurised milk from Britain following the confirmation of an outbreak of foot and mouth disease on a farm in Surrey. Authorities north and south of the border have agreed to fight the threat on an all island basis.
The IFA has called for a ban on beef imports from Brazil which has got a huge foot and mouth problem. Irish farmers are demanding the same level of traceability for Brazilian beef as for Irish beef.
The EU Commission must insist on the same level of traceability from Brazilian producers as it does from EU farmers. Farmers suspect that the Commission intends to sell out agriculture in the interests of opening up markets for industry.