BEEF consumption within the European Union has continued to rise, despite the Foot and Mouth crisis, according to EU agriculture Commissioner Franz Fischler, who maintains there is a "slow but steady recovery." He has claimed that consumption is now just 5.7 per cent lower than the same period last year. The commissioner also released livestock sales figures, which said, "cannot be described as calamitous." Average EU price reductions compared with 1999 are 2.4 per cent for young bulls and 10.2 per cent for cows, he said. Also exports have ...

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