BRITISH beef producers may be able to claim damages from France if an opinion released today Thursday by an Advocate General of the European Court of Justice over the French ban on imports of UK beef is upheld by the full court.

M. Jean Mischo said that the French government was not justified in using BSE fears to ban meat coming directly from the UK in 1999, although he said that France could argue that it was entitled to prohibit British beef imported via another country because there was no EU-wide tracing system for beef in ...

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