Fine Gael TD for Meath East, Regina Doherty has said that it comes as a great relief to hear that the diagnosed BSE case in County Meath has been deemed an “isolated case”.
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Deputy Doherty said “the last few weeks have been a long wait for the test results from the BSE case in Louth, a wait that I am sure was longer for some more than others. The first diagnosed case of BSE in Ireland since 2013, our farming reputation and the future of our beef trade in Meath and Louth are thankfully free from any danger on the international markets.
“We cannot underestimate the importance of our beef trade in County Meath. Should this not have been an isolated case, our local beef industry could have been hit, and hit hard. Thankfully, our national €2.2billion beef trade should be relatively unaffected by the isolated case in County Louth.
“While it is likely that Ireland’s BSE status will now be changed back to “controlled risk” from “negligible risk”, farmers, traders and consumers alike can rest easy in the knowledge that the commercial feed supply chain, and our livestock, have been relatively unaffected.”
The TD for Meath East concluded saying “farmer Joseph McCardle from County Louth, and his family, have gone through what must have been a traumatic ordeal over the last number of weeks. The results which were announced this week by the Department of Agriculture now mean that Mr McCardle, and all of our farmers in Meath and Louth, can get back to business.”