Paris threat good news? French plans to impose tough new rules for lamb carcase trimming as a safeguard against a possible ovine form of BSE harming humans are being seen by traders as a serious threat to market stability. It is believed Paris will impose the new rule to insist on the removal of spinal cord from lambs aged six months or more at point of sale in July. Predictably the accusation is that this is a protectionist trade barrier. Any move by the French likely to make life harder for British processors trying to sell abroad might be privately welcomed by retailers in the UK. But there are discreet murmurs of satisfaction in the killing sector here, the belief being that ultimately the extra processing would mean more work, revenue and economies of scale to the UK's industry. {{MEAT }}

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