Desinewed Meat Ban Costs UK Poultry Producers24 July 2012
UK - The British Poultry Council welcomes the report of the EFRA Select Committee on desinewed meat. The misguided decision by the European Commission to reclassify this product threatened to cost British poultry companies up to £100 million.
John Reed, Chairman of BPC, said: “This situation shows that poultry production is vulnerable to knee-jerk reactions made by the European Commission, and we need a strong UK Government presence to defend British businesses from this sort of ill-timed decision. I hope this report serves to highlight to Government the pressing need to defend British companies and the livelihoods that depend on them.”
He concluded: “It’s good that the EFRA Select Committee has shone a light on this issue. Now we have to ensure that all the other European countries are being treated the same way as the UK, otherwise British companies are going to lose out once again.”
On 30 April, the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee announced an inquiry, taking evidence from the FSA, Food and Farming Minister Jim Paice MP and Public Health Minister Ann Milton MP. Their report is due to be published today, 24 July, and will be available here.
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