GARDAI INVESTIGATING WEIGHING SYSTEMS AT DONEGAL FISH FACTORY

first_imgGardaí and the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) are investigating weighing systems at a Donegal fish factory which has had its permit suspended on the eve of the herring season.KillybegsThe authority confirmed to The Irish Times that it had suspended the factory’s weigh permit, pending “the outcome of inquiries” involving its officials, the Garda and the National Standards Authority of Ireland.The authority said it was the first time that a permit for this particular premises had been temporarily withdrawn. The company, Sean Ward (Fish Exports) Ltd in Killybegs, has been one of the port’s largest processors and exporters of pelagic (herring/mackerel) fish and employs up to 80 staff at its peak.A spokesman said the company was “ co-operating fully with the SFPA” and it was also conducting an internal investigation and was “ hopeful of a speedy resolution of the matter”.The factor was founded in 1998 and lists a Marine Stewardship Council certification for sustainability.EU fishery regulations require all fishery products to be weighed immediately on landing.The State authority said that a derogation allows the weighing to take place after transport , typically at processing establishments, provided it is “satisfied with the accuracy and correct use of those weighing systems”. “As the matter is ongoing, no further comment can be made at this time,”the SFPA said.The Killybegs factory is the third Irish processor to be the subject of inquiries in the past two years.GARDAI INVESTIGATING WEIGHING SYSTEMS AT DONEGAL FISH FACTORY was last modified: September 24th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGardaiKillybegsweighing systemslast_img