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Meat Prices

Volume 164: debated on Thursday 11 January 1990

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what estimate he has made of the effect upon retail prices of meat if European Economic Community directive 64/433 is implemented.

EC directive 64/433 is already in force and sets down hygiene, inspection and structural requirements for meat plants exporting to other EC member states. Draft proposals currently under discussion would extend similar requirements to all meat plants. Any impact on retail prices of meat would depend on the individual decisions of meat plant operators in the light of the competitive market situation that they faced.