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Candidate countries pose pig price threat

by 5m Editor
15 May 2003, at 12:00am

EU - The accession countries pose a significant threat to European pig price stability next year. With only 12 months to go before the ten candidates join the Union there is growing concern about the way pig production has expanded.

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Hitherto, accepted wisdom had been that the candidate countries posed a short term opportunity rather than a threat. The view was that the candidate countries would have considerable work to do to bring their pig units up to EU standards, and in the meantime existing EU pig producing countries would have access to a huge new market - an extra 75m mouths, creating a total EU market of 450 million people.

Source: National Pig Association - By Digby Scott - 15th May 2003

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