The ring-fencing of 35,000t (from a total of 45,000t) of high-quality beef quota was before the agriculture committee of the EU parliament on Tuesday as part of a ratification process.

The allocation of the majority of this quota to the USA will have a neutral effect on EU farmers, as the 45,000t quota was originally created with the USA in mind as a resolution of the EU-US dispute on the EU ban on American hormone-treated beef from the EU market.