Two Ireland-South MEPs are calling for transparency in relation to profits in the beef food chain.
Fine Gael’s Sean Kelly and Fianna Fáil’s Billy Kelleher were speaking as the ongoing beef crisis reached a new milestone yesterday, when meat factories claimed they have to temporarily lay off 3,000 staff.
Sean Kelly claims EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan hopes to bring in legislation shortly to provide more transparency in relation to where profits go in the food chain.
He says, once clarity is provided in relation to profits, talks can reconvene and the crisis can be brought to an end.
The Kilcummin native is against calling the guards to disperse the farmers who are protesting in defiance of court orders.
Fianna Fáil MEP Billy Kelleher says there’s a need to find out where profits are going as Irish farmers cannot continue to produce beef at unsustainable prices.
He says in recent years any costs associated with a weakened market have been passed back to the primary producer.