A RETURN of demand amongst consumers in the European Union for high quality beef following the decline of BSE has made the European Commission propose that the EU opens a special 1,000 tonne import quota for high quality fresh, chilled or frozen beef, with a low 20 per cent duty rate. A memorandum said that "in spite of the difficulties experienced in 2001, the beef market is now on the way to becoming more stable. Demand of consumers in the EU is increasing specially on high-quality beef," (sic).

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