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Yeo: Spring Forum Speech 2001

Labour Must Halt Sub standard Imports

Now that there is a possibility that foot and mouth disease has reached other European countries, the British Government must be prepared to be as prompt in stopping imports from those countries with confirmed cases, as it was prompt in stopping exports from this country.

"British farmers have been dealt one blow after another within the last year and they are no longer facing crisis, they are deep in crisis. The Government must announce in principle compensation for farmers who suffer unrecoverable losses and they must intensify their efforts to identify the source of the outbreak."

Additionally, responding to reports that consignments of beef from Germany have been found to contain illegal spinal cords, Mr Yeo called on the European Commission to ban immediately the export of all German beef.

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