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Brussels close to SRM climbdown

26 March 1998
Brussels ‘close to’ SRM climbdown

THE European Commission has signalled it is close to abandoning its fight for an early ban on potentially infectious animal parts.

It means that a European Union-wide enforced ban on SRMs in some countries from next January is extremely unlikely — and there are now increasing doubts whether a ban will ever be implemented.

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Brussels close to SRM climbdown

26 March 1998
Brussels ‘close to’ SRM climbdown

THE European Commission signalled it was close to abandoning its fight for an early ban on potentially infectious animal parts.

It means that a European Union wide enforced ban on “specified risk materials” (SRMs) in some countries from next January is extremely unlikely, reports the Financial Times. And there are now increasing doubts whether a ban will ever be implemented.

The climbdown will delight the United States which sees the ban as unnecessary and harmful to its own trade. But consumer groups – concerned about infection from BSE – will be dismayed by the Commissions backdown.

Britain, which has already introduced SRM controls above and beyond those being suggested for the rest of Europe, will also be disappointed.

The Commission said it would make a final attempt tomorrow to establish an EU regime on SRM. But the Financial Times says it is likely to fail in the “last ditch” attempt because farm ministers have already rejected suggested changes.

  • Financial Times 26/03/98 page 6

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