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UK exports beef to the US for first time in over 20 years

Fresh Whole Beef
United Kingdom
United States
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Sep 30, 2020
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Following the USA’s longstanding ban on EU beef introduced in the wake of the BSE outbreak in 1996, the first shipments of UK beef are to depart for the USA today (30th September), following market access for UK being granted in March of this year, marking a historic moment for UK farmers and food producers.
The news means the sector can now begin to reap the economic benefits of trade with the US – with industry estimating beef exports will be worth £66 million over the next five years. The first shipment of beef originating from Foyle Food Group, Foyle Campsie in Northern Ireland is to be dispatched to the USA, with further shipments from across the UK expected to commence in the coming weeks. In March of this year, the US Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Audit Report, a crucial step leading to British exporters being able to sell to the US, was published, and confirmed that UK meat hygiene systems and controls are of ‘a suitable, equivalent standard for products to be imported to the USA’. The report noted that the whole of the UK meets the US’s production requirements, therefore beef from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland is eligible for exports. Environment Secretary George Eustice said this landmark milestone means more people around the globe can enjoy our ...
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