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EAAP Series no. 108

Executive Summary

particularly in the UK

- Failure to prevent international spread through contaminated meat and bone meal.

Ongoing changes in the industry are documented: changing consumer requirements; concentration of processing and retailing power; declining producer prices, and reduction in numbers of full time producers. These changes represent both the causes and effects of a continuing shift in the terms of trade to the disadvantage of producers. To ensure fair trading, increased controls to prevent abuse of economic power may be necessary.


Given that over 95% of European livestock production is destined for European consumers, the production industry must concentrate on securing their loyalty by fulfilling their expectations on -food safety; -transparency and accountability; -quality and variety, including response

to the demand for regional and organic products.

New ways need to be found to build the community of interest of producers, processors, and retailers in meeting these goals.