Fourth UK beef processing site gains approval for US exports
Foyle Food Group in Gloucester has become the fourth UK processing site to be listed on the official ‘USDA Approved’ list, which means it can start commercial beef exports with immediate effect.
Farming UK reports that the company has joined processors WD Meats, Keepak and a second Foyle site on the list.
Following a US ban on UK and EU beef that was introduced due to the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) outbreak in 1996, the UK was granted access to the American market again late last year.
The UK has reportedly exported over £3 million of beef to the US since access was granted, as the US market sees price rises for beef and an increased demand for premium products.
Foyle Food Group received support from AHDB, Defra, the Food Standards Agency and the UK Export Certification Partnership.
AHDB market development director, Dr Phil Hadley, told Farming UK: “Like their UK counterparts, US consumers are seeking quality meat to recreate the restaurant experience at home, resulting in a switch to premium products.
“I consider our products to fill this desire in the US, as they are high value with added credentials around our native breeds and farming methods.”