Written answers

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Department of Agriculture and Food

Beef Quality Assurance Scheme

5:00 am

Photo of Jimmy DeenihanJimmy Deenihan (Kerry North, Fine Gael)
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Question 284: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the percentage breakdown of the R category now divided into three sections, namely R-, R=, and R+, in the mechanical grading system in meat factories for 2009 and to date in 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45120/10]

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Minister, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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The breakdown including sub-classes is available for all plants from 1st April 2010 to date. Prior to that the conformation and fat grades were reported to my Department in accordance with EU Regulations using main classes only. The percentage breakdown for steers from the 1st April 2010 to date is as follows:

R+ (plus) = 10.2 %;

R= (middle) = 15.8%; and

R- (minus) = 17.0 %.

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