Spain, Greece and Portugal are in the firing line over permits for their larger producers of poultry and pigs, says a market note from the British Pig Executive (BPEX) in the U.K.

The European Commission intends to take legal action against nine Member States over missing IPPC permits. These documents are required of larger enterprises relating to protection against environmental pollution. The three countries mentioned head a list of member states in which permits are still outstanding for a number of installations that qualify for IPPC.