Commission Denies Beef Report Cover-up

IRELAND - THE European Commission yesterday rejected claims by the Irish Farmers’ Association that it had covered up a report on issues relating to Brazilian beef exports.
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IFA members staged an overnight sit-in at the Commission offices in Dublin city centre and also held a lunchtime protest.

They claimed a report of an inspection visit to Brazil last March by the European Union Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) had been suppressed by the Health and Consumer Affairs Commissioner, Markos Kyprianou.

But the Commission said the draft report has been prepared. The normal process of seeking comment from the parties involved was almost complete. The FVO expects to be able to publish the report in the coming weeks.

“These claims by the IFA are simply incorrect,” said the Commission, which also said it “regrets the invasion of its public information centre in Dublin by members of the IFA” and the consequent disruption to the public as well as staff was regrettable.

Source: Irish Examiner

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