26 November 1998
Euro Commission’s OK for end to beef ban

THE European Commission formally adopted as European Union (EU) policy the scheme allowing the ban on UK beef exports to be lifted.

The decision yesterday (Wednesday) will allow exports of boneless beef from animals between six and 30 months born after August 1996. It follows farm ministers vote to end the ban, on Monday (23 November)

The EU has asked for strict rules on the identification and traceability of animals.

Britain will be able to start exports again next year but, prior to resumption, will still have to satisfy EU veterinary experts that it is abiding by the terms of the scheme.