LMC welcomes China’s decision to lift ban on UK beef
The Livestock and Meat Commission for Northern Ireland (LMC) has welcomed a decision made by China to lift its ban on UK beef exports.
This news that China has lifted the ban after 20 years has been heralded as significant for beef producers and processors from across the UK, including those in Northern Ireland.
LMC chief executive, Ian Stevenson, said: “China’s decision to lift the BSE ban on UK beef is news that I very much welcome.
“This important decision is another vital step on the roadmap to securing market access for UK beef exports to China.
“LMC works strategically with UK Government and industry representatives within the UK Export Certification Partnership (UKECP) to help prioritise, secure and maintain market access to countries outside the European Union for UK meat and livestock producers.
“Gaining access to China for beef exports from the UK has been a long standing priority of UKECP.
“The Northern Ireland red meat industry looks forward to developing exports to China and will continue to work through the process to develop export protocols, to get plants approved for export and to get export certificates agreed.”
China is currently the UK’s eighth largest export market for agri-food, with over £560 million worth of food and drink bought by Chinese consumers last year.
LMC is an executive non-departmental public body, which is established by statute to assist the development of the livestock and livestock product industries.