Conservative MEP Sir Robert Atkins today welcomed the news that EU experts have finally approved the total lifting of the ban on exports of British beef.

End to British beef export ban is long overdue

British beef as safe as any in the world, says Sir Robert Atkins MEP

BRUSSELS, 8 March 2006 -- Conservative MEP Sir Robert Atkins today welcomed the news that EU experts have finally approved the total lifting of the ban on exports of British beef.

Sir Robert said:

"Our farmers have been waiting ten long years for this news. I'm delighted but it's long overdue.

"The export ban on meat from younger cattle was lifted seven years ago but the red tape was so onerous that British farmers lost a huge chunk of their market share. Now we are on an equal footing again.

"Experts agree not only that British beef is safe but that it is as safe as any beef in the world. It is also a high quality product and much sought after.

"The onus is now on the British government to help our farmers - not that it has a good record in this regard. We need to see a concerted and determined effort by ministers and the Meat and Livestock Commission to restore British beef to its rightful place in international markets."

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