A call has gone out for the Government to stop tinkering over new laws on egg production which come into force next month.
East Midlands UKIP MEP Derek Clark has accused Agriculture Minister Jim Paice of â€˜fiddling while Rome burnsâ€™ in a response to the Governmentâ€™s proposals for screening of imported eggs after the EUâ€™s battery cage ban comes into force on January 1.
Mr Clark said: â€œMr Paice is going to have to do a lot more than tinker with this issue.
â€œClever sound bites are not enough. Imported shell eggs are a relatively small part of the problem and UV scanning of them will only trap the unwary.
â€œUnfortunately, it will do absolutely nothing to protect British producers from potentially huge amounts of imported egg powder and processed egg products made from battery cage eggs.
â€œI would like to hear his proposals for dealing with this much more important aspect of the problem.
â€œThe EU Commission is refusing to enforce its own rules because it has no clear idea of where the illegal egg producers will be after January 1.
â€œThe British Government is only belatedly getting involved and has yet to come up with any substantial proposals for a meaningful solution.
"In my opinion, with less than four weeks to go until the ban comes into force, Mr Paice is fiddling while Rome burns.â€
Government in scramble over new egg laws, says UKIP's Derek Clark