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Foodstuffs (Import Controls)

Volume 984: debated on Thursday 15 May 1980

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement listing the import controls that are imposed by the European Economic Community on foodstuffs coming into the European Economic Community countries.

Imports of most foodstuffs are subject to levies and/or duties to control the price at which they enter the Community. In most cases further action may be taken if imports threaten seriously to disturb the market, but no such measures are in force at the moment.Harmonised animal and plant health and hygiene rules are being progressively applied to imports of meat and horticultural produce. Imports of wine must satisfy certain compositional standards.