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Scottish Poultry Industry Raises EU Trade Concerns

by 5m Editor
21 March 2005, at 12:00am

SCOTLAND - The good work of Scotland&#39;s poultry producers is being undermined by trade developments, which threaten both animal and human health, according to NFU Scotland. NFUS was in Brussels this week for meetings with other EU farm unions and European Commission officials. NFUS stressed that Scottish producers are increasingly subjected to high environmental and animal welfare costs while, at the same time, finding their markets being increasingly opened up to imports from production systems that avoid such regulation. NFUS believes the current Asian bird flu outbreak highlights the disease threats facing Europe because of its lax import controls. While uncooked poultry products are banned from countries dealing with such an outbreak, NFUS believes a threat still remains as long as the EU continues to accept imports from countries with lower production standards than those legally demanded of farmers here. <i>Source: Farming Life</i>

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