CONSERVATIVE
New Forest East

MAFF – BSE – 12 November 1998

Dr Julian Lewis: What assessment he has made of food safety standards across the European Union?

[SUPPLEMENTARY:] What does it tell us about food safety standards in the European Union that, of the 1,700 cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy to have been expected on the continent as a result of our exports of beef to the continent between 1985 and 1990, only 30 cases were reported? Does it mean that the pure air of the continent miraculously cures cattle of BSE when they breathe it, or does it mean that some of our partners in the European Union are less honest than we are in reporting BSE outbreaks?