1 November 1999
Prince leads beef export drive
THE Prince of Wales is to take a leading role in promoting British beef on the Continent, according to The Times.
He will act as a beef “emissary in a mission designed to win over sceptics and consumers throughout Europe.
The newspaper notes that he has already entertained foreign meat importers and buyers at Highgrove this year and has also made morale-boosting trips to farmers.
He will now play a part of a campaign, which is to be led by the Prime Minister.
He is expected to endorse a multi-million pound campaign to influence key opinion-formers and to win over consumers.
The Princes intervention came as Britain faced more problems on beef exports.
Several newspapers report having dealt with French objections leading politicians in Germany have now come out and publicly opposed the lifting of the export ban.
French ministers will decide tomorrow (Tuesday) whether to lift their ban. It is bank holiday today and the government does not realistically expect any firm conclusions until Thursday.
It is unclear whether Nick Brown, the agriculture secretary, will be obliged to offer a face-saving gesture to the French.
This could include a delay on the lifting of the ban until January when new food labelling rules come into force.
Beef as an issue continues to the subject of readers letters and columnists opinion pieces in several of todays newspapers.
- German regions hold out against beef, FWi, today (01 November, 1999)
- EU scientists reject French beef ban, FWi, 29 October, 1999
- Charles backs British beef, FWi, 13 October 1999
- Welsh cheer beef-eater Charles, FWi, 02 March 1999
- The Times 01/11/99 page 1, page 13, page 15, page 18 (Comment)
- The Independent 01/11/99 page 1, page 2 (Monday Review)
- Financial Times 01/11/99 page 12, page 22 (Letters)
- The Guardian 01/11/99 page 4, page 17 (Letters)
- The Daily Telegraph 01/11/99 page 1, page 2
- The Scotsman 01/11/99 page 6