Archive Article: 2002/04/12

12 April 2002

French meats riskier than banned imports

France has a well-earned reputation for ignoring the plank in its own eye while criticising others for their splinters. So a new report from Brussels identifying weaknesses in French BSE controls is no surprise.

From the failure to retain carcasses before BSE test results are known, to cross contamination with spinal cord, French consumers face more danger from eating their own beef than imported meat.

But France continues to ban British beef, demanding the UK steps up its testing of over-30-month animals, even though this meat is destined for destruction. Its another example of the French governments hypocrisy and disregard for EU law.

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