A report into the dioxin contamination of pork just over a year ago has pointed to the inadequacy of the safety management system in the feed business and to inadequacies in the inspection regime.
The contamination resulted in all pork and bacon being removed from shops and supermarkets for a time.
The report has recommended that the remit of the Food Safety Authority should be extended to include animal feed controls.
The report of the inter-agency review group chaired by Dr Patrick Wall, Associate Professor of Public Health at UCD, was published this evening by Minister for Agriculture Brendan Smith.
The contamination also involved the recall of product from export markets, and the Government set up a contingency fund of almost €200m to compensate exporters and farmers.
The report of the Review Group sets out 39 conclusions and recommendations.
It says that primary responsibility under legislation to produce safe feed and food rests with feed and food business operators.
The Minister noted that the report concluded that ‘there was no delay' in the handling of the incident from 19 November 2008 and all of the actions taken were proportionate and prompt.
In relation to the product recall, the report said that the ‘action taken by the relevant public authorities was swift and decisive'.
The report also concluded that, in the management of the incident, the protection of consumer health was rightly the overriding priority.