Chinese delegation inspects British beef industry

Defra hope that the visit could lead to full export rights for British beef to be sold in the country. Photo credit, Pixabay 

Chinese delegation inspects British beef industry

Defra, the British government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, is hosting an important delegation from China.

A team from the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and General Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine arrived in the UK last week on a nine day tour.

They’ll inspect a variety of sites related to the United Kingdom’s beef industry, including abattoirs, processing plants, and BSE testing facilities.

Defra, along with key stakeholders in the beef industry, hope that the visit will be an important step in China granting full export rights for British beef to be sold in the country.

The news comes less than a week after we reported that Irish beef processing facilities have apparently been granted approval to export produce to China.

That report followed comments made by Irish Agriculture Minister Michael Creed, who stated that the full details of the agreement will be revealed over the next few days.

If true, an agreement would make Ireland the first European country to gain full access to the world’s fastest growing beef market.

It was also reported that five further Irish beef processing facilities were awaiting approval from Chinese authorities to commence trade.

Rupert Reid

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