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Minister Creed cannot be a neutral observer to beef talks – Matt Carthy MEP

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Sinn Féin MEP for Midlands Northwest Matt Carthy has welcomed news that talks between meat processors and farmers on the future of the beef sector will begin on Monday morning.

Speaking today, Carthy said;

“For the first time in a number of weeks we are seeing some positive developments in the dispute between farmers and meat processors and I welcome the fact that talks aimed at finding a resolution are to begin on Monday.

“It is vital that those talks address the issue of transparency in price setting, and end to the arbitrary rules that are used to suppress prices and the introduction of a new fair pricing system.

“It is also important that Minister Creed does not see himself as a neutral observer to this process.

“Beef farmers need help from the government and Minister Creed must bring forward a set of supportive proposals to help secure the future viability of this sector.

“That should include the re-introduction of the Groceries Order to ban the below cost selling of food products and the adoption of leglisation ensuring transparency in the sector.”

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