Meat processors welcome the resumption of beef exports to China
Decision taken in 2020 to temporarily suspend trade was due to a single case of atypical BSE, which the Department notified to the Chinese authorities
10 January 2023 | 0
Meat Industry Ireland (MII), the Ibec sector organisation representing the country’s main primary beef processing companies, has welcomed the resumption of beef exports to China, announced this on Thursday, 5 January by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue,
Welcoming the news, MII chair Philip Carroll said: “The resumption of beef exports to China is a long awaited and welcome decision and will widen the scope for beef exports over the coming years.
“The suspension of Ireland’s beef exports to China was a major loss to the entire beef sector, just as sales to this important new market were set to ramp up,” he continued.
“The decision in 2020 to temporarily suspend trade was due to a single case of atypical BSE that was detected by the Department and notified to the Chinese authorities as part of the protocols associated with access to the Chinese market.
“This announcement will now enable companies to renew and further develop trade opportunities with customers in China which have been disrupted for the past two and a half years,” Carroll added.
Beef processors will work with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine to finalise the necessary steps so that trade can recommence quickly.
MII also acknowledged with thanks the efforts of the Minister and officials in securing this breakthrough.