Safe food was high on the agenda at the SDLP Agriculture Seminar held in Newry recently.

With a speakers panel including Gerry Mc Curdy, Food Standards Agency, Professor Chris Elliot, QUB and Professor Pat Wall from UCD, managing the risks to the food chain was a recurrent theme.

Pictured at the SDLP conference on Safe Food are Roger Sheahan, ABP; Professor Chris Elliott, Queens University; Robin Irvine and Garth Boyd, NIGTA; Professor Pat Wall, University College, Dublin and Gerry Mellotte, ABP. Photograph - Houston Green Photography, courtesy of Irish Farmers Journal.
Pictured at the SDLP conference on Safe Food are Roger Sheahan, ABP; Professor Chris Elliott, Queens University; Robin Irvine and Garth Boyd, NIGTA; Professor Pat Wall, University College, Dublin and Gerry Mellotte, ABP. Photograph - Houston Green Photography, courtesy of Irish Farmers Journal.

The NIGTA initiative to implement a Strategic, Risk Based Sampling system was welcomed.

The problems with horsemeat in beef products and with contaminated Maize from Serbia were cited as evidence of the cost of inadequate quality systems.