Belgian farm crisis reverberates outside Europe
BELGIUMS farm crisis brought about by contaminated feedstock has begun to have implications for the European Unions trade with the rest of the world.
Malaysia banned imports of all meat and dairy products from the European Union (EU) following a similar decision in Singapore and a prohibition by the US on imports of EU poultry and pig products.
Hong Kong has ordered the suspension of meat and dairy sales from Belgium, France, Germany, and the Netherlands.
Other countries mainly target products from Belgium, where most of the contaminated feed, containing dioxin, a cancer-causing chemical, was distributed. Taiwan said it was planning to ban Belgian dairy products, while Thailand said it was likely to restrict food imports from Belgium soon.
The European Commission said 390 cattle holdings, 746 pig holdings and 440 poultry holdings may have bought the feed.
It has instructed countries to remove from sale any food that may have been affected by contaminated cattle feed. Chicken, eggs, beef, milk and pork are affected.
Fevia, the Belgian food industry association, estimates the scare could cost its members BFR20bn (£3.2bn).
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- Financial Times 08/06/99 page 2
- The Guardian 08/06/99 page 16
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