12. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the steps he will take to oversee the regulation of sulky racing in view of its significance in Traveller and working class culture; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10101/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Harness Racing)

Deputy Gino Kenny: I ask the Minister to make a statement on the sulky racing and horse ownership traditions in Traveller and working class communities.
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185. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if the fine of €16,000 imposed on a company (details supplied) for mislabelling the origin of beef products is an adequate response to the food safety and farmer welfare issues involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18569/16 asked on 29 Jun 2016 - Food Labelling)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The FSAI is the body responsible for enforcement of regulations governing traceability, labelling and provision of food information to customers. The case referred to by the Deputy was prosecuted at Navan District Court following an investigation conducted by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) and Meath County Council.
It would not be appropriate for me to comment on the specifics of the case as it is a matter for th...

57. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if the objective of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is to permit the sale of unlabelled hormone injected beef and unlabelled genetically modified organism products from the US to be sold in Europe; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14498/16 asked on 08 Jun 2016 - Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The short answer to this question is no. There is no intention on the part of the negotiators in the European Commission to in any way endanger or undermine the comprehensive food safety and public health standards that are implemented in the EU in the context of negotiating the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
A number of key issues in this regard arise in relation to food standards, hormone treated beef and GM...

62. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if the European Commission’s Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiating position is to abandon the precautionary principle, whereby chemicals and pesticides used in the food system must be proven to be safe for animal and human health prior to use; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14497/16 asked on 08 Jun 2016 - Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): There is no intention on the part of the negotiators in the European Commission to abandon the precautionary principle or in any way endanger or undermine the comprehensive food safety and public health standards that are implemented in the EU in the context of negotiating the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
A number of key issues in this regard arise in relation to food standards, hormone treated beef and GMOs...