28 October 1998
End to beef ban comes a step closer
By FWi staff
THE European Commission is expected to drop its demand that all bones are removed from cattle carcasses before the export ban on British beef can be lifted.
The announcement is likely to be made later today (Wednesday) in Brussels and will mean that a major obstacle to the lifting of the beef ban has been overcome.
Brussels will now insist that only the bones from beef due for export must be removed from carcasses of British cattle.
British beef exports were banned in March 1996 after the Government admitted a probable link between BSE and its human equivalent, a new variant of Creutzfeld-Jacob Disease.
Agriculture Minister Nick Brown has said he wants to get the export ban lifted before Christmas. Once todays announcement is made, Mr Brown will also be one step nearer lifting the beef on the bone ban.