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Minister Sargent announces conditions for sale of Certified Organic pigmeat products to commence

Following the pork recall that had affected all bacon and pork products, including organic, Mr. Trevor Sargent T.D., Minister for Food and Horticulture at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food announced today that his Department had agreed a mechanism to allow for the retailing of certified organic pigmeat products to recommence. A certified organic producer must provide documentary evidence to prove to the Department or Local Authority Veterinary Officers that:

  • No contaminated animal feed material was procured and consumed by animals on the particular farm from September 1st 2008.
  • No pigs which had consumed contaminated material had been introduced onto that particular organic farm. Proof of the herd of origin must be supplied, which shows that no pigs originated from any holding restricted by the Department.

These arrangements apply to products derived from pigs already slaughtered as well as from future slaughterings. The documentary evidence, in the form of feed receipts, herd records and slaughter premises details should be presented to the relevant Department/Local Authority veterinary personnel as appropriate, for clearance of the organic pigmeat products. This clearance process will open the way to access to the special Bord Bia label which is now available and which can be applied to certified organic pigmeat products which are compliant with the new controls.

"I am pleased that this first step has been taken to alleviate the pressures on organic pig producers. The Government is working extremely hard to reach an agreement with the pig processing industry to enable slaughtering to re-commence as quickly as possible", Minister Sargent concluded.

Date Released: 10 December 2008