Brussels, 25 May 2001
Fischler welcoming partial lifting of US-restrictions due
Commissioners David Byrne and Franz
Fischler welcomed today in Brussels the announcement of
the United States to lift partially its import
restrictions on fresh meat and livestock from the
European Union. The restrictions were imposed due to
the outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the United
Kingdom, Ireland, France and the Netherlands.
David Byrne, responsible for Health and
Consumer Protection said: "The decision taken by the US
government today acknowledges the huge efforts the EU has
made to control the spread of foot and mouth disease.
Throughout we have called upon our trading partners to
respect the international principle of regionalisation and
restrict movements only from countries affected and I
appreciate that the US government has followed suit today.
Secretary Veneman has assured me that she will keep the
restrictions still in place under permanent review."
Franz Fischler, responsible for
Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development, said: "This
is very good news for our farmers who have greatly suffered
from the consequences of FMD in Europe but who have also
made every effort possible to control the disease. I hope
that Europe will regain its export markets quickly and
trust that remaining restrictions by third countries will
be lifted soon as well."
Ms Veneman informed Mr Byrne and Mr
Fischler earlier today of the US decision.
Released on 28/05/2001
FOOD SAFETY |
DIRECTORATE GENERAL "HEALTH
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