Rear cattle indoors, say EU vets

24 November 2000

Rear cattle indoors, say EU vets

By FWi staff

BEEF cattle should be reared indoors to protect consumers from parasites which can be passed through raw or uncooked meat, claim EU vets.

The vets say keeping animals indoors throughout their lives will prevent them picking up tapeworms eggs, reports The Guardian.

The EC veterinary committee called for a report on the extent of the problem which it believes is significantly unreported by embarrassed humans.

But these radical proposals were rejected by the National Farmers Union, which said it was like taking a sledgehammer to smash a nut.

The Guardian predicts this issue will sharpen rows over whether Brussels plans to impose uniform farm to fork policies and cause a backlash through excessive hygiene enforcement.

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