Still beefing about exports

A European Commission committee has voted in favour of lifting the ten-year ban on UK exports of beef products. However, the lifting of the ban has led to new wrangling about the transportation of live animals, particularly veal calves.

A European Commission committee has voted in favour of lifting the ten-year ban on UK exports of beef products.
However, the lifting of the ban has led to new wrangling about the transportation of live animals, particularly veal calves. The RSPCA charity says it is appalled that live exports are to be resumed.
The amended legislation means that the UK will be able to export live animals born after 1 August 1996 and meat products produced after 15 June 2005, under the same terms as other member states. The National Farmers’ Union said farmers would start as soon as possible to recapture their lost market share.
The ban on the export of UK beef began in 1996 due to the high incidence of BSE cases in the UK at the time. The US still has a ban on imports of British beef
products, which was imposed in 1997.
Markos Kyprianou, Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, said,“The Commission has taken no chances when it has come to dealing with BSE, and the most stringent monitoring and control measures have been applied.
“However, the UK has made great strides in tackling this disease, and has met all of the criteria that were set for the lifting of the beef export ban, in line with scientific and veterinary advice.
“We must now acknowledge this and resume normal trade in this area.

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