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Minister Smith welcomes Musgrave SuperValu-Centra support for Irish Food Industry

Speaking at the presentation of the Supervalu Quality Awards 2006, Mr Brendan Smith T.D., Minister for Food and Horticulture at the Department of Agriculture and Food, congratulated the 160 Supervalu retailers who have received the National Hygiene Mark. Minister Smith said that recipients of the award demonstrate a commitment to the pursuit of perfection, to excellent standards of food hygiene, safety awareness, quality control and above all to customer care.

Minister Smith acknowledged the Musgrave group's ongoing commitment to sourcing local quality products with almost two-thirds of goods on offer produced in Ireland. Minister Smith said that the group, which employs over 20,000 people, was a major contributor to the Irish food sector and the overall economy.

26 January, 2006

Date Released: 26 January 2006