Food Law News - EU - 1999

16 December 1999: HORMONES - BST banned

European Parliament The Week : 16 December 1999

BST banned

In adopting this resolution, the House approved the Commission proposals that would convert the current moratorium on the marketing and administration of bovine somatotrophine (BST) into a permanent ban. BST is a hormone which boosts milk production in dairy cows. The moratorium first introduced in 1990 is due to run out at the end of this year and will now become permanent. A number of amendments were adopted which highlight the risks posed to human health by BST in dairy products. Under WTO rules, the ban cannot apply to the manufacture and importing of BST in Member States for the purpose of export to third countries as long as there is no scientific danger to human health. An amendment would ensure that no EU subsidies go towards the production or bottling of a product whose use is considered irresponsible.

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