UK beef regains access in the American market
The first batch of UK beef was dispatched this week from Foyle Food Group and is the first in the last 22 years since the US placed a ban on European beef due to Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) concerns. Recently, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) named four enterprises in the UK as eligible for beef exports in the American market. Besides Foyle Food Group, Kepak Group, WD Meats and Granville Food Care have gained access to the US market, more shipments of beef expected in the coming weeks.
"Our beef is renowned as some of the best in the world for its high quality, food safety and welfare standards, and this landmark milestone means more people around the globe can enjoy our product," commented Environment Secretary George Eustice.
In March 2020, the U.S. agreed on the equivalence of standards on the UK’s disease control measures following a three-week inspection. The U.S. started to progressively reopen its market to exports of beef from the European Union, starting with the Republic of Ireland, in 2015.
Phil Hadley, AHDB International Market Development Director, said the U.S. represents an important potential market for red meat exports. “This important milestone will bring a fantastic boost to the sector and we look forward to seeing more of our red meat served up on dinner tables across the U.S. in the months and years to come,” he said.
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