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Broiler Chickens (Water Content)

Volume 982: debated on Tuesday 15 April 1980

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the current state of negotiations within the European Economic Community with regard to the development of practicable techniques for assessing the water content of broiler chickens offered for sale: and if he will give an assurance that no regulations will be introduced until such time as full agreement has been reached within all sectors of the industry.

Regulation EEC 2976/76 was adopted by the Council of Ministers in November 1976. Arrangements for the application of the in-plant tests in the United Kingdom came into operation in December 1977. Consultations in Brussels and with the various interests concerned are taking place about the application of the other tests for which provision is made in the regulation.