Irish Beef Back On South African Menu After Seven Years

SOUTH AFRICA - has agreed to open its market to Irish beef after a ban of almost seven years. It has agreed to lift the restrictions on an agreed certification basis.
calendar icon 8 November 2007
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The country imposed the ban in 2001 following the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) crisis. Exports in the five years prior to the ban averaged 18,000t and were valued at €57m.

Minister for Agriculture, Mary Coughlan, welcomed the decision by the Minister of Agriculture and Land Affairs of the Republic of South Africa, Lulama Xingwana.

The market, she said, is being re-opened under the conditions recommended by South African experts who visited Ireland last April.

"This is a very welcome decision as South Africa has been a traditional market for Irish beef. The decision by the competent authorities in the Republic of South Africa to re-open their market to Irish beef was taken following a detailed examination of the rigorous controls applied and reflects the high standards of food safety controls in place in Ireland," she said.

Source: Independent

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