26 May 1999
Scots concerned about Ulster beef

THE Scottish beef industry fears it will suffer a backlash from the suspension of beef exports in Northern Ireland.

Scottish officials are at pains to point out that the Northern Ireland scheme is different from the date-based export scheme which will apply in mainland Britain.

But there is a fear that the problem in Northern Ireland will be inevitably linked in the European buyers mind to the situation in Scotland.

European Union officials are demanding tougher consumer safety measures in the province after 19 cattle at risk from BSE were wrongly exported.