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EU Commissioner to investigate ‘cows in limbo’

It’s claimed farmers whose cows are born in the Republic and slaughtered in Northern Ireland are being offered lower prices.

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THE INTERNAL MARKETS Commissioner of the EU is to investigate claims that farmers whose cattle are born in the Republic and and slaughtered in Northern Ireland are being offered lower prices by buyers.

Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness says such farmers are losing out because their product doesn’t meet the labelling designation of ‘born, reared and slaughtered in the UK’.

“Those farmers are not able to sell their cattle for a decent price because they’re being told your beef has to be labelled — which is true — as Irish born, British reared and British slaughtered,” the MEP told EP Radio.

McGuinness said she had met with Internal Markets Commissioner Michel Barnier to discuss the situation, and that he had pledged to do so.

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