Beef And Pig Meat Industries Hope For Change

UK - Leaders of the British meat industry struck an optimistic note at the British Meat Dinner during the Anuga Food Show in Cologne this week.
calendar icon 16 October 2007
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The chairman of the English Beef and Lamb Executive, John Cross, said that following recent decisions to free up meat for export, following the recent foot and mouth disease crisis, the signs are looking better for the industry. "The last three months have been extremely difficult for the industry, but I believe we are moving out of it," he said.

He added that the work that had been carried out over recent years to build export markets had been rocked by the problems of foot and mouth disease and blue tongue.

He said the industry had built good markets for both high quality cuts and high grade manufacturing beef. Now, he said, importers and exporters are showing they are keen to untangle the supplies of both beef and lamb.

Mr Cross' optimism for freer markets was echoed by the chairman of the British Pig Executive, Stewart Houston. He said that although the pig industry faced some steep challenges, he hoped that it would be back in the markets and that bit would regain lost production. However, he added that mounting costs will have an effect on production and he called on the consumer to back the industry as prices have risen.

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