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No change in EU tallow ban

11 August 1997
No change in EU tallow ban

THE European Union (EU) has ruled out an immediate change to the new meat safety rules, which limit the tallow trade. Billions of dollars of exports from non-EU countries could be hit.

Non-EU countries will only be spared the lost trade if they adopt similar rules. Any changes cannot now take place until a meeting of EU scientific experts on September 8.

This will be a blow to the pharmaceuticals and cosmetics industries which claim they will now be faced with a shortage of tallow or animal fat. The derivatives of these by-products are crucial ingredients for a whole raft of goods.

The rules ban materials most at risk of carrying bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), and come into force in January. They are part of the EUs attempt to control the disease.

The US is angry that it could lose $100 million (£61m) of tallow exports. It could potentially lose billions more from exports of goods containing tallow derivatives. It can only prevent this if it brings its slaughterhouse rules in line with Europes. An alternative would be for it to introduce certificates stating products were made without the banned materials.

The US, Canada and Australia claim to be BSE-free. It is possible that could lead to them being exempted from the rules when officials meet in four weeks. But officials say privately the standards required for being declared BSE-free are so high that few nations will meet them.

  • Financial Times 11/08/97 page 2

  • US presses for tallow ban exemption, FWi, August 8, 1997

  • EC tallow ban threatens trade row, FWi, August 6, 1997

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    No change in EU tallow ban

    11 August 1997
    No change in EU tallow ban

    THERE will be no immediate change to the EU ban on tallow imports – which could hit the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries, and spark a trade dispute with the USA.

    The ban – part of the campaign to contain BSE – will not be discussed again by EU scientific experts for a month. Although the USA, Canada and Australia claim to be BSE-free, the EU standards are so high that it is unlikely any exporter could comply with them.

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