8 October 1999

THE EU Commission has allowed the UK to continue employing "special measures" protecting against the spread of the sugar beet disease rhizomania.

The virus, which is spread by a soil-borne fungus, has been contained within small areas.

But the disease is widespread in the rest of Europe and the EU Commission has decided to allow the UK to continue with its "protected status" which allows the imposition of import controls to help keep the disease out.

Rhizo UK special measures okay

THE EU Commission has allowed the UK to continue employing "special measures" protecting against the spread of the sugar beet disease rhizomania.

The virus, which is spread by a soil-borne fungus, has been contained within small areas.

But the disease is widespread in the rest of Europe and the EU Commission has decided to allow the UK to continue with its "protected status" which allows the imposition of import controls to help keep the disease out.