Illegal ban

Published: Wednesday 31 October 2001

A French ban on the import of British beef is illegal, ruled the European Court of Justice. France imposed the ban three years earlier following an outbreak of mad cow disease. Jean Mischo, the court's advocate-general, said that the French government could not refuse meat imported directly from the UK though it would be justified for prohibiting British beef imported indirectly via another country, because of lack of an European Union-wide tracing system.

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