The British meat industry must adapt to enter the EU market
The British meat producers must adapt fast to the new rules for export in the EU market as several products, quite popular in the UK, are now banned in the single market.
New EU rules on exports dictate that from 1 January, the following animal products cannot be exported into the EU: Chilled minced red meat; Chilled meat preparations (for example, raw sausages); Minced meat (poultry); Poultry and ratite or game bird mechanically-separated meat; Ungraded eggs.
For example, the UK is the only country in Europe that makes and exports raw sausages, while the rest of the European producers prefer to ship abroad pre-cooked sausages, as they have a longer shelf life than raw ones. The new rules are stirring concerns for the British Meat Processing Association (BMPA). "This was just one of the issues that was causing us some concern, but I guess towards the end we sort of knew that wasn't going to come through in the negotiations, the way they were going. We hope they will be carrying on talking to the EU and that they will push through and create an export health safety certificate for these products so they can go through", declared Nick Allen, BMPA's chief executive.
For some of the producers though, the need for a unique British sausage mark becomes unavoidable as they are seeking a method to keep producing and exporting these products. "I think we should have a British sausage mark, so if you're going to be selling sausages to any part of the world, it's unique to any of the sausages around the world", said Wilfred Emmanuel Jones, owner of The Black Farmer line of meat products, including raw sausages, ina an interview for BBC News.
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