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Beef exports to resume from 1 August

14 July 1999
Beef exports to resume from 1 August

EUROPEAN farm commissioner Franz Fischler has confirmed that beef exports from Britain can resume from 1 August. …more…



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Beef exports to resume from 1 August

14 July 1999
Beef exports to resume from 1 August

EUROPEAN farm commissioner Franz Fischler has confirmed that beef exports from Britain can resume from 1 August. …more…



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Beef exports to resume from 1 August

14 July 1999
Beef exports to resume from 1 August

By Vicky Houchin

EUROPEAN farm commissioner Franz Fischler has confirmed that beef exports from Britain can resume from 1 August.

The European Union veterinary committee has declared British beef safe to eat and has voted to lift the ban following a number of inspections in the UK earlier this year.

Speaking on BBC Ones Breakfast News Herr Fischler said it was justified to lift the three-year-old beef ban imposed at the height of the BSE crisis in 1996.

“If I wouldnt be convinced about that, then I would not vote in favour to lift the ban,” he said.

“We are convinced that British beef is safe under the conditions which are in place in the future.”

A number of restrictions will still apply to beef exports which will be limited to de-boned meat and beef products from animals born after 1 August 1996.

Ben Gill, president of the National Farmers Union (NFU) declared 1 August National Beef Day, when farmers up and down the country would be celebrating.

“The setting of a date for exports marks the end of nearly three-and-a-half years of uncertainty for the British beef industry,” he said.

But for many farmers put out of business by BSE, the lifting of the ban has come too late, warned Mr Gill.

“No-one can pretend that simply re-opening our export channels will undo all the damage which has been done.”

The NFU does not expect actual shipments of beef to leave these shores for a number of weeks because most meat is hung before export.

But industry expectations of a major marketing campaign to resume foreign sales are surrounded by confusion.

The Meat and Livestock will continue its Inward Missions project to promote meat sales overseas but said it had no intention to launch a mass marketing campaign.

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