20 June 2001
‘No excuse’ for British beef ban

By FWI staff

FRANCE has been accused of undermining EU law with a “brazen, flagrant and utterly unjustified” ban on British beef, reports The Daily Telegraph.

France was the only EU country to defy the legally binding agreement to allow UK beef exports after the lifting of the BSE ban, the European Court of Justice, heard.

The EU commission, which has brought the case to the court in Luxembourg, says there was no excuse for not implementing the agreement.

But France says it is within its rights to refuse British beef because its own advisors believe it poses a health risk.

The case has taken 18 months to reach the court. The hearing on Tuesday (19 June) lasted 90 minutes and a verdict is not expected until next year.

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