Blair 101% behind beef business

1 December 1999

Blair ‘101% behind’ beef business

By FWi staff

THE Prime Minister has assured beef industry leaders that his government is “101% behind” efforts to restore export markets in the wake of the BSE crisis.

PA news agency reports that Tony Blair told the Downing Street “beef summit” meeting that getting the EU beef ban lifted is only the first step towards restoring a market once worth £600 million.

The summit came less than a day after agriculture minister Nick Brown declared that the domestic ban on sales of beef-on-the-bone would be lifted on December 17.

The Meat and Livestock Commission has pledged to embark on a major poster and newspaper advertisement campaign once in-bone beef is back in the shops.

Already some retailers are openly selling oxtails, T-bone streaks and ribs of beef.

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