22 July 1997
Britain heads for showdown over beef
Britain is heading for a showdown with its European Union partners
over demands that hygiene conditions at continental abattoirs are
brought up to UK standards.
Jack Cunningham, the Agricultural minister, has said he will have
European beef banned from import into the UK unless Europe meets these
European countries have argued they have very little BSE in their
herds and therefore no need for the strict standards expected of British
EU farm commissioners will debate the UKs demands today. The UK has the support of the European Commission and its chief farm commissioner Franz Fischler. However, the EUs standing veterinary committee rejected Cunninghams proposals last week.