It now appears that Bord Bia will never respond to the questions the NBA first put to it on 21 August.
We are also quite sure that if Bord Bia had been able to provide answers it would have already done so.
The NBA is certain there is a huge hole in farm assurance cover in the ROI. It is determined to ensure that conditions demanded of UK suppliers by UK retailers also apply to all imported product.
We hope to have more to say when we have had replies to queries put before the European Commission, the FSA and the Irish Minister of Agriculture, Mary Coughlan.