FRANCE has struck out at EU plans for reforming the sugar regime, including quota cuts and the end to storage aids. The regime has worked well for 30 years, said agriculture minister, Jean Glavany, overcoming crises in the world market and bringing stability to consumers. Instead of more radical reform in two years time, as the commission proposes, the French will press for a six-year rollover of the current regime.
EU consumers are being encouraged to increase their intake of fruit, vegetables and fibre as part of this years Europe against Cancer week, sponsored by the EU Commission. There is strong and consistent scientific evidence showing that diets high in vegetables and fruits decrease the risk of many cancers, said a commission statement.
BRUSSELS vets have decided to extend the ban on exports of live pigs and semen from Norfolk and Suffolk for at least another month, (until 15 November), following further outbreaks of classical swine fever in the area. But exports from Essex may now resume, given the continued clean sheet for the countys pig farms.
FOOD aid worth 26 million (16m) has been allocated by the EU to aid agencies working in the drought affected Horn of Africa. Most of the aid will be in the form of cereals (41,000t), though fertiliser and tools will also be included. The latest package follows the allocation of 70,000t of cereals for the area under the EuronAid programme last July.
NEW specified risk material controls for cattle were introduced throughout Europe this week, as agreed by EU farm ministers last June. Under the rules, all member states have to destroy the skull, tonsils, spinal cord and ileum from cattle over 12 months old.
Continental farmers may be asked by their meat trades to share the cost of disposal.
SIX new cases of BSE were confirmed in France this week, bringing the total number to 55 this year, compared with 30 for the whole of last year.
Three of the latest cases were found under the Prionics post-mortem testing programme for fallen stock in high-risk areas, introduced last June. All six herds, totalling 1178 animals, have been destroyed.
HELSINKI and Parma are emerging as the favourites to host the new European Food Authority, ahead of Barcelona and Bonn, reports Agra Europe.
The Finns argue that, as a small nation, they can offer impartiality and a tradition in food safety. The Italians say Parma has a reputation for food excellence and is close to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation in Rome.
A final decision is expected in December.
LEADERS of EU farm body COPA met current EU president Jacques Chirac of France last week to insist that cuts in support already agreed under Agenda 2000 should not be taken any further as a result of impending World Trade Organisation talks.
Mr Chirac said he was determined to ensure those terms were respected.