EU: EU to introduce emergency beef measures
EU agricultural commissioner Franz Fischler announced yesterday emergency plans for sweeping changes to the block's beef sector to address the crisis caused by mad cow disease. A seven-point action plan, costing over €1bn next year alone, will reduce beef output and place the focus on non-intensive production. The EU executive endorsed the plan. A destruction scheme, under which surplus older cattle are destroyed and kept off the market, has been extended until the end of the year.
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