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Meat factories accused of Covid-19 profiteering

A TD is backing a farm organisation in accusing meat factories of profiteering during the global health crisis.

Galway-East TD and Minister for Rural Affairs, Seán Canney, is supporting the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association’s claim.

Minister Canney said it makes “absolutely no sense” for lamb prices to be cut by up to 50c/kg when meat has “never been in more demand”.

“At a time when we are making a national effort to combat the COVID-19 virus, we are seeing profiteering on an unacceptable scale.

“The excuse that there has been disruption to the Chinese markets is not sustainable. Supply cannot meet demand in our domestic markets and prices are already low enough.

Canney highlighted that farmers are vital to food supply and believes they should be supported in their efforts and treated fairly.

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