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Vaccination: 'we did not lobby'. (Foot and Mouth).

The British Retail Consortium has told the European Parliament it put no pressure on the government on whether to vaccinate during the foot and mouth outbreak.

BRC director, general Bill Moyes told the EU FMD inquiry: "It is important to emphasise that at no time did retailers lobby either for or against vaccination."

Two weeks ago former agriculture minister Nick Brown told the inquiry opposition from food retailers was the main reason the government decided not to vaccinate.

But Moyes disagreed: "The BRC made it clear the decision on whether or not to vaccinate was entirely a matter for the government, and so long as public confidence was maintained retailers would stock dairy products from vaccinated herds."
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Date:Apr 13, 2002
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