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Mc Aleer commends FQAS achievements

Published: 8 November, 2017

Declan Mc Aleer MLA and Caoimhe Archibald MLA at the FQAS 25th anniversary celebration event at the La Mon

Declan Mc Aleer MLA and Caoimhe Archibald MLA at the FQAS 25th anniversary celebration event at the La Mon

Sinn Féin MLA's Declan Mc Aleer and Caoimhe Archibald joined with the Livestock & Meat Commission (LMC) and agri-food stakeholders at a special event in the La Mon Hotel to celebrate 25 years of the Farm Quality Assurance Scheme.
Mr Mc Aleer said "Beef and lamb produced in the north has a global reputation for taste and traceability and is produced by farmers who adopt the highest standards of animal welfare and environmental protection.
"The Farm Quality Assurance Scheme (FQAS) was one of the first such schemes in the world and has played a significant part in creating a global platform for our local beef and lamb. The FQAS has increased consumer confidence, people know that they are getting a highly nutritious, healthy and quality assured food.
"A huge credit must also go to the LMC who manage and operate the FQAS on behalf of the industry. This is also a significant milestone year for the LMC who celebrate 50 years at the heart of the agri-food industry.
"However, at the centre of this success are our farmers. Many of those who joined the celebration on Tuesday evening have been part of the FQAS since it opened in 1992. It is testimony to their hard work and dedication that our beef and lamb has such a strong global reputation. This is something which we must jealously guard as we deal with the uncertainties of Brexit and the other challenges facing the industry".