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Germany, France keep beef ban

04 August 1999
Germany, France keep beef ban

GERMANY and France have refused to open their market to British beef despite the lifting of the European Unions embargo…more…


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Germany, France keep beef ban

04 August 1999
Germany, France keep beef ban

GERMANY and France have refused to open their market to British beef despite the lifting of the European Unions embargo.

The German government justified its decision on the grounds that it was “too early”.

German health minister Andrea Fischer said there were still some questions on British beef because farmers were not using all the available tests for BSE.

Representatives from German states, which are responsible for food safety standards, have to meet to consider a ban.

They said certain issues still needed to be discussed although they have decided to prepare for the resumption of imports.

Representatives of German agricultural unions and consumer groups called for a two-year delay to the resumption of imports.

France said it was not opening its market because certain administrative procedures had not been carried out, but said these would be complete possibly within a month.

The European Commission said it was unaware of the action taken by France and Germany, and could launch legal action against them if the situation continued.

The story is featured prominently in all the major national newspapers.

But The Guardian emphasises in its coverage the high costs for British farmers re-entering the export trade.

It says European slaughter rules have made it “economic suicide” to open new abattoirs to restart the trade.

That angle is also highlighted in The Herald.

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