‘Dog food discovery raises serious concerns’ – Ritchie

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Thursday, December 12th, 2013
Community, Politics
SDLP MP Margaret Ritchie has expressed serious concern that dog food is believed to have ended up in the food chain in an “industrial-scale” in Northern Ireland. Ritchie was speaking following the publication of The Elliot Review into food contamination. Speaking from the House of Commons, the South Down MLA said, “It is deeply troubling to hear that dog food entered the food chain in an industrial scale in Northern Ireland and that this was not adequately pursued when discovered in 2005. “While addressing these very serious concerns firstly we must acknowledge this report stated that broadly speaking we have ‘perhaps the safest food in the world’. Now is not the time for alarm and panic, but to robustly rectify the problems that do exist within the food chain. “Consumers have an absolute right to know what is in their food and that they get exactly what it says on the tin. Any producer, or distributor that has acted illegally should be met with the full force of the law, particularly were public health has been jeopardised. Ritchie added, “I completely endorse the recommendation that a food unit be established within DEFRA and that they work closely with officials in the devolved administrations to ensure that the public can have renewed faith that they know exactly what they are putting in their supermarket trolley.”
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