Ireland: Sustainable Beef and Lamb Assurance Scheme is the only way to verify PGI beef grass-fed criteria

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Published Apr 12, 2024

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Bord Bia has highlighted the importance of its quality assurance (QA) programme for meeting EU Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) standards for 'Irish Grass Fed Beef'. To qualify for PGI status, farmers must participate in the Sustainable Beef and Lamb Assurance Scheme (SBLAS), and cattle purchased for finishing must also originate from QA-compliant farms. Despite criticism from the Irish Beef and Lamb Association (IBLA) regarding this requirement, Bord Bia maintains that the PGI application process was thorough and that SBLAS is the only method approved by the EU Commission to verify the grass-fed criteria. The launch of the first PGI beef product in Italy marks a significant achievement for the initiative.
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Bord Bia has said that its quality assurance (QA) programme is currently the only way to ensure compliance with EU criteria for Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) ‘Irish Grass Fed Beef’. The food board previously confirmed to Agriland that farmers must be certified members of the Sustainable Beef and Lamb Assurance Scheme (SBLAS) for their cattle to qualify as PGI beef. Farmers purchasing cattle for finishing who are aiming for them to qualify for the grass fed criteria must also ensure that they have QA coverage on previous farms. However, the Irish Beef and Lamb Association (IBLA) recently wrote to Bord Bia chief executive Jim O’Toole questioning this requirement for beef farmers. Spokesperson for the farm organisation Dermot O’Brien claimed that no agreement was reached during the Beef Taskforce meeting held in October 2020 for such criteria to be applied to farmers. Bord Bia In a statement to Agriland, Bord Bia said that the PGI application process involved “extensive ...
Source: AgriLand
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