Skip to main content

Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

Volume 174: debated on Thursday 14 June 1990

The text on this page has been created from Hansard archive content, it may contain typographical errors.

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the actions of the French and German Governments concerning BSE and the export of beef from Wales.

[holding answer 7 June 1990]: As my right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food indicated in his statement to the House on 7 June, the illegal ban on British beef exports imposed by France, Germany and Italy was dealt with at a meeting of the Agriculture Council on 6 and 7 June. The Council was able to consider the latest advice from the Commission's scientific veterinary committee, which confirmed that the existing Community rules in respect of bovine spongiform encephalopathy provided full protection for public health. However, after prolonged discussions the Council agreed to amend Community rules to provide certain additional guarantees. The unilateral bans imposed by certain member states were immediately lifted.