Chinese authorities consider Irish beef

Ireland is keen to export more beef to China, not least due to concerns about the impact of Brexit on the country’s huge meat industry. Photo credit – Pixabay

 

Chinese authorities are in the process of considering approval to allow Ireland to export more beef.

 

That’s according to the Irish government, who have informed the local media that ‘significant progress’ has already been made to increase Ireland’s beef trade to China.

This has included the removal of a BSE-related ban in 2015, audit visits and veterinary certification.

Ireland is keen to export more beef to China, not least due to concerns about the impact of Brexit on the country’s huge meat industry.

At present, the majority of Ireland’s beef ends-up in the UK, but post-Brexit tariffs could put an end to much of that trade.

Meanwhile, Bord Bia – the Irish Food Board – has recognised that the growing demand for quality meat amongst Chinese consumers makes the country an excellent market for potential growth.

With that in mind, it will spend €3.75 million over three years on promoting Irish beef and lamb across Asia, but with a particular focus on China from its regional headquarters in Shanghai.

Ireland exported 70,000 tonnes of pigmeat to China last year, and 1,500 tonnes of beef. 

Securing access for Irish lamb to both China and Japan is high on the Department’s list of priorities and discussions have taken place with both countries in recent times on next steps to opening the markets there.

Rupert Reid

Pilot and Senior Broadcast Journalist at Panda Radio. You can find him on Twitter @rupertreid

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