28 October 1998
Lifting of beef ban one step closer
By FWi staff
THE European Commission has removed a major obstacle to the lifting of the beef export ban by dropping its demand that all bones must be removed from British cattle carcasses.
The announcement was made earlier today (Wednesday) in Brussels, and means that the way is clear for agriculture minister Nick Brown to lift the ban on beef on the bone.
It also means that Mr Brown is on course to meet his self-imposed target of getting the beef ban lifted by Christmas.
From now on, 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.