For Written Answer on : 26/07/2022
Question Number(s): 2167 Question Reference(s): 41748/22
Department: Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Asked by: David Stanton T.D.
To ask the Minister for Agriculture; Food and the Marine the role that his Department has in marketing Irish poultry to countries that require halal certification; the way that producers may obtain such certification; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
My Department negotiates market access with the competent authorities in third country markets outside the EU. Once this access is secured, Bord Bia is the state agency responsible for the marketing and promotion of Irish food and drinks worldwide, including poultry meat.
My Department’s role in the certification of exports of poultry meat and poultry meat products is to certify that they are produced in accordance with European and national rules, and that they comply with the animal and public health requirements of destination markets.
My Department does not have any role or remit in relation to halal certification. Responsibility for satisfying halal certification conditions, where required, is a commercial matter for the food businesses concerned.