THE EUROPEAN Union has been pressing its trading partners to loosen the emergency import restrictions that they imposed on EU meat products at the height of the foot and mouth crisis, because of the clear evidence that the outbreak is under control. Speaking at the Sanitary and Phytosanitary Committee of the World Trade Organisation, diplomats said that they "understood....(the)emergency measures, but now considers (them) as unacceptable restrictions," especially where they apply to products from EU countries that have been free from the ...

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