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Don t buy British when ban is over Funke

09 August 1999

Don’ t buy British when ban is over — Funke

DONT buy British beef – even when the illegal import ban is lifted, German farm minister Karl-Heinz Funke has told his countrys shoppers…more…

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Don t buy British when ban is over Funke

09 August 1999
Don’ t buy British when ban is over — Funke

By FWi staff

DONT buy British beef – even when the illegal import ban is lifted, German farm minister Karl-Heinz Funke has told his countrys shoppers.

Speaking on German TV, the minister admitted that his countrys ban on British beef was against European law, and would eventually have to be lifted.

But in the TV interview, quoted today (Monday) by BBC Online, Mr Funke told consumers they could protect themselves by only eating German meat.

As a result, it is believed, when the ban is lifted, German shoppers are unlikely to purchase British beef.

The NFU has written to the European Commission urging it act against Germany.

Tim Bennett, NFU deputy president, said there was no justification for any delay by the German authorities.

“British farmers have worked tirelessly complying with the extremely rigorous and stringent safety checks imposed on us by the European Commission.

“We have done all this and more, only to be told that Germany is still not satisfied. We are shaking our heads about what more we could possibly do,” he added.

But Ann Widdecombe, Tory MP for Maidstone believes the UK Government has cruelly raised the hopes of British farmers.

“When the Government made its announcement that the export ban was lifted, they claimed that exports would begin at the start of August.

“Now it seems that it will not happen for weeks – perhaps months.

Most European Parliaments are in recess and unable to proceed, she added.

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