We hope Dard realise the significance of the situation and common sense prevails.
Lyttle explained: "The money in the HRF is meant for specific projects that have to be approved by Dard first.
I highlighted I believe there is a cross-border organised crime element to these thefts and this I believe is borne out by these latest figures with the Newry and Armagh DARD
offices reporting over 1,332 of these cattle stolen or missing.
Investigations are underway by official feed inspectors and DARD
will consider taking actions pending the outcome.
DARD said 68,113 animals had been checked - and tested negative - for BSE since the new rules came into force.
DARD Northern Ireland has advised that there is no quantifiable risk to public health, but, in consultation with its supplier, DARD and the Food Standards Agency, the Co-op has decided, purely as a precautionary measure, to recall all products that were processed in the same batch," she said.
This error by Dard
officials could not have come at a worse time and we have asked Dard
to initiate an inquiry into this incident and to take urgent steps to ensure that this human error cannot happen again.
Composite guidance documents are also made available to AVIs via the DARD
Internet to assist them in this role as accurately completed certification is essential in order to maintain the high reputation of produce from the north.
DARD has approached the development of ACHs from animal disease control and public health first principles.
The conditions of operation for ACHs and further information about the application process is now available on the DARD website, or alternatively from DARD Direct Offices.