Producers have been warned to check paperwork carefully before
presenting older cattle for the food chain.
FARMERS who mistakenly present older cattle for use in the food
chain are not only risking prosecution but putting the whole
of the UK industry’s future export prospects in peril.
The warning comes from the English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX)
following news that since changes to the Over Thirty Month rule
in November last year 41 animals born prior to August 1996 have
been presented for food chain use.
Breaches of the rules could leave a producer at risk of a heavy
Richard Ali, EBLEX Chief Executive, said: “The last thing
we want to see is any of our producers facing prosecution for
making this kind of mistake so I would urge them to take great
care checking passport details - especially with older
“Were any of these animals to get into to food chain - and
none have to date - it could cause us great difficulty
in getting the regulations lifted which have stopped our exports
to Europe for so long.
“I am sure no farmer would want to feel responsible for
causing this sort of damage to the whole industry.”
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