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Allister raises restrictions on calf exports with Commission

30 October 2008

Ulster MEP Jim Allister has raised his concerns with the Commission over the disruption caused by some Member States to calf exports from Northern Ireland. The MEP said

“As a result of TB being detected from a consignment of English calves to Holland in July, the export trade for local calves has been severely affected. Despite Member States agreeing in SCoFCAH that no additional Community measures were needed in relation to TB, it would seem certain Member States have subsequently taken a unilateral approach.”

“Italian authorities are insisting that weanling importers carry out a post-import TB test 42 days after animals arrive at the distributors’ premises. This extra requirement is over and above any Community legislation, and has effectively shut the door on Northern Ireland calves from the Italian market.”

“I have written to Health Commissioner Vassiliou, highlighting my concerns at how Member States appear to be taking unilateral action, citing health grounds, but without justification. I have also asked Commissioner McCreevy to investigate if the action of certain Member States is in breach of internal trade rules.”



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