The Irish newspaper The Irish Sun has reported that the Irish Government has announced plans to introduce a new bill on beef in March.
According to the article, a new Act to amend the Food Act and amend section 25 of the Food Protection Act, would make it a criminal offence to import, sell, transport, purchase, possess, import, produce or supply any beef which is of any species, colour, texture, or other distinctive appearance of the type commonly known as “prime beef” or any other meat of the beef species that is a meat product of a type known as beef “prime”.
This would be an offence if the beef was not slaughtered in a closed manner, and any part of the animal is not cut open or otherwise exposed to any heat.
The Irish Government also plans to add a new section to the Food Regulation Act to criminalise the importation, sale, possession, or supply of beef products from areas where slaughter is prohibited or prohibited by statute, which would include the area around the border in Ireland, as well as the surrounding area.
The legislation is expected to be introduced as a private member’s bill in the Irish Dáil on March 9th.