Wednesday, 20 May 2020
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
842. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the reason the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority will not sign health certificates for live crab to be shipped to China; and if this is due to Covid-19. [5664/20]
I am advised by the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) that it is continuing to issue health certificates for consignments of live crab and other seafood exports in line with official controls. Certification of export consignments of live crab to China and Hong Kong is provided where laboratory test results demonstrate compliance with the relevant standards for Cadmium, a naturally occurring heavy metal that can accumulate in certain parts of crabs.
The SFPA has statutory responsibility for seafood safety controls and the enforcement of seafood safety law. Any queries on the certification of seafood exports should be brought directly to the SFPA.