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USDA Approves UK Businesses for Transatlantic Beef Exports

After the US lifted its ban on UK beef exports in March 2020, businesses in Northern Ireland and Wales have become the first British firms to be eligible to export beef to America

Published on September 18, 2020

Beef Slab

Four businesses have become the first UK firms to be approved by the United States Department of Agriculture to export beef to the United States, after the US lifted its ban on the UK export of beef earlier this year.

The Department for International Trade (DfIT) announced this week that the firms; "Kepak Group Limited (Merthyr) in Wales, along with Foyle Food Group (Foyle Campsie), WD Meats and Granville Food Care Ltd. in Northern Ireland, can now start production and export of UK beef for US consumers". The news marks the first time that UK businesses will be able to export beef to the USA in over 20 years, since America imposed a ban on British beef in 1996.

the US ban was formally lifted in March 2020, after the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service undertook a three week inspection of British beef production in 2019.

According to the DfIT, the first exports of UK beef could begin within weeks. The DfIT also says that it is "expected that in the coming months, more food businesses in the UK will be able to take advantage of this exciting new export opportunity."

Dr Phil Hadley of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) described the development as "a historic moment", saying that "The US represents an important potential market for our red meat exports and this development is the result of the hard work and persistence of industry and government to bring about this crucial next step ... 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 US in the months and years to come."

For more information on other agricultural developments in international trade, check out the AHDB's website, at ahdb.org.uk/news

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