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Bourns to continue poultry fight in Europe


NFU Poultry Board Chairman Charles Bourns will continue to fight for UK poultry interests in Europe after his re-election to two influential committees in Brussels this week.

Mr Bourns won the backing of his EU counterparts to continue as Vice President on the European Commissions Advisory Group on Poultry and Eggs. He was also elected to continue as Vice Chairman of the Copa Working Party on Poultry and Eggs.

He said: I am delighted with the votes which show how highly my European colleagues regard UK farming.

My task now is to make sure that the voice of the working farmer is heard during Commission meetings on a range of issues.

This is a crucial time for UK egg producers, given the EUs Welfare of Laying Hens Directive is due to come into force on January 1 2012.

I will make sure that the Commission listens to our concerns about competitive disadvantages for UK farmers who have made huge investments to comply with the new enriched cage requirements.

Producer communication with the EUs 495 million consumers will also be a key issue during my mandate. The NFU has been lobbying fiercely for mandatory country of origin labelling on poultry and other products so that farmers produce can be better represented on the supermarket shelves.

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