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Brussels, 4 December 2000

BSE Farm Council - European Commission calls for swift decisions

On the occasion of the extraordinary Agriculture Council on BSE to be held today in Brussels, the European Commission called for firm and swift decisions to tackle the BSE-problem. "The Commission has brought forward a package of wide-ranging new proposals. We call on the farm ministers to agree on a European response to this European problem.", Commissioners David Byrne and Franz Fischler said.

The proposals of the Commission to be discussed in the Council:

- a temporary ban on the feeding of meat and bone meal (MBM) to all farm animals for 6 months, starting 1st January 2001;

- increase the advances paid for the beef premia from the current 60% to 80%, in order to alleviate take the financial pressure on beef producers.

- introduction of a "purchase for destruction" scheme, instead of using the costly public intervention to its full. According to the proposal, animals aged over 30 months would not enter the food chain and would have to be destroyed - unless they had tested BSE-negatively. Farmers would be compensated with the value of the cattle destroyed. This measure would be co-financed (70% EU, 30% member states) and time-limited, until the general testing of cattle over 30 month comes into force. Such a scheme provides a cost efficient alternative to intervention and avoids the problem of what to do with the meat after expensive storage.

Released on 5/12/2000

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