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Food Service Industry embracing new beef labelling rules

Speaking at the presentation of the "NSAI ISO 22000: 2005 Food Safety Management Systems Standard Certificate" to Pallas Foods, Mr. Brendan Smith T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture and Food with special responsibility for the Food Industry congratulated Pallas Foods on their commitment to best practice in food distribution.

Minister Smith said the very highest standards in food safety and traceability are now being demanded and the new NSAI ISO standard was "the international benchmark for food safety management in the supply chain from 'farm to fork'. Pallas Foods is the first Irish food service distribution company to achieve this standard - so this is not only an achievement for Pallas Foods, it marks a further step for the industry."

Minister Smith added that the unique labelling system, which Pallas Foods has developed for its beef, together with the achievement of the NSAI ISO Standard, were very timely in light of the extended beef labelling rules which commenced this week. Hotels, restaurants, pubs providing food and effectively all catering and food service outlets are now required to give information on the country of origin of the beef they serve. "This new labelling provision will benefit everyone in the supply chain, from the farmer right through to the end customer".

4 July, 2006

Date Released: 04 July 2006