Wednesday, 3 October 2007

EU agrees changes to export rules

Changes to meat and meat products export rules have been agreed in Brussels today.

The EU's Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health have today agreed a regionalised approach which frees up trade from some parts of Great Britain. This applies to meat and meat products from FMD susceptible species to other EU Member States.

DEFRA says, "changes are expected to come into effect on 12th October, subject to there being no change to the current disease situation."

Reuters says, "...EU veterinary experts backed a decision that "the whole of Great Britain would remain a high-risk area with regard to the movement restrictions for susceptible animals and untreated products.

The decision would be adopted formally from October 12 but would enter into force only if there were no more outbreaks outside the affected area, the Commission said...".

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