Foot and Mouth Fears Voiced In UK

UK - Livestock producers in the United Kingdom and Ireland will call on the European Commission to tighten up controls on meat imports from Brazil, because of concerns over a threat from foot and mouth disease
calendar icon 2 June 2006
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The move follows a fact-finding trip to Brazil by a delegation of beef producers from Ireland and a meeting between the British and Irish farmers this week. The Irish Farmers’ Association national livestock chairman John Bryan met representatives from U.K. farming unions at NFU’s headquarters in Warwickshire, to talk about the recent IFA visit to South America and their findings.

The U.K. farming unions and the IFA have been very concerned about the shortcomings in the management of FMD controls that have been reported by the FVO mission to Brazil in September 2005.

“Five major countries have introduced outright bans on Brazilian beef, and the question must be asked, why the standards adopted by the European Commission are below those applied in other countries such as the United States,” Bryan commented. “IFA and the U.K. farming unions will be writing a joint letter to the Commission outlining our concerns and calling for a meeting to discuss them further.”

Source: MeatNews
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