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Welsh farmers warn of consequences of over zealous
interpretation of E.U. rules.
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Strict interpretation of European rules could spell
the end for many more small and medium sized
abattoirs, according to the Farmers' Union of Wales.
The British Government's habit of "gold-plating" E.U.
regulations -- when other European states simply apply
the rules at the lowest level - means that slaughter
plants could close and jobs be lost in many rural
areas the union says.

The union has written to the Food Standards Agency
urging them not to be over zealous in applying the new
regulations, and has sought support for this action
from politicians in the National Assembly in view of
the vital role played by food production in the rural
economy.

FUW policy officer Nick Fenwick warned that there was
growing concern, particularly among abattoir
operators, that their businesses are at risk from the
UK interpretation of new EU rules.

"Many such businesses are already struggling to
survive under the current regulations, which have been
directly responsible for the closure of more than 75
per cent of British abattoirs over the last decade,"
he said. "The imposition of further regulations is
likely to be ruinous for all but the largest of
operators."

Further closures would have far-reaching consequences
for both human and animal health, he said. "The
increased risks were highlighted during the 2001 foot
and mouth epidemic, which cost the agricultural
industry 3.1 billion, the Treasury more than 2.5
billion and resulted in the culling of millions of
farm animals," Fenwick pointed out. "There's no doubt
that all of these figures would have been drastically
lower were it not for the closure of more than a
thousand abattoirs in the 1990s brought about by new
regulations and their crippling costs."

The FUW has appealed to the FSA not to introduce any
further regulations, and for all current derogations
to be continued. "We have also asked that if further
regulations must be implemented due to EU law, then
they be applied at the lowest possible level with all
possible derogations and paid for by the Treasury,"
Fenwick said. "This is what happens in much of the
rest of the EU, but not in Britain where agencies such
as the FSA seem to act against our own businesses
rather than taking a supportive approach."


Web posted: November 9, 2004
Category: Food Safety,Legislation and
Regulation,Processor News
Domenick Castaldo, Ph.D. 
 

From GB in Kansas. Email received Nov 10 2004


 This article fails to mention that the EU is also the
entity that sets policy regarding all animal health
issues in the UK.

It's no wonder that the UK is increasingly dependent
upon foreign-produced meat, poultry, fruits and
vegetables.

At the same time, the sustainability and viability of
Britains' farming community, with its various
livestock enterprises, is questionable.  Heaps of
un-necessary paperwork, licenses for this or for that,
forced-to purchases of such things as incinerators to
comply with EU rules at the farm level, make life on
the farm , there, tentative, if not miserable.

Unfortunately, EU laws also allow imports of raw or
frozen meat to occur, be processed in-country, labeled
to indicate processed product is produced domestically
to an unsuspecting Public.  To the average shopper, it
would seem that the Bratwurst carrying a British
label, may be British, when, in fact, it is made with
imported meat.  However, EU laws again make that
deception possible.

What's even more disconcerting about this is the fact
that the U.S. USDA is also influenced by EU Law.

Did you know that USDA cannot report Foreign Animal
Diseases, without first consulting the Organization de
Epizootics in Paris, which also complies with EU
Rules?  Only after that consultation occur, can USDA
actually inform the Public in America, that a Foreign
Animal Disease is present.

So, it's not just the British and their Welsh folks
that suffer these EU directives, but also each of us
that resides in the United States of America.....

...And I was so naive to think that I live in a Free
Country.

Burkie in Kansas
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