Sausage exports banned as part of new trading rules

Sausage exports banned as part of new trading rules

Raw sausages and other minced meats will no longer be exported to the EU, following the result of the UK’s Brexit agreement with the EU.

New EU rules on exports state that animal products, such as minced red meat, poultry and other prepared meats such as sausages, cannot be exported into the EU. The new rules will apply to England, Wales and Scotland, however they do not affect exports of raw minced meats to Northern Ireland.

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA), along with other meat industry bodies, attended a conference call with ministers in order to clarify the rules, as it has been interpreted that certain products, including sausages, can be exported in frozen form.

“What we hope, and what one or two people have said to us, is that in the coming months we can negotiate an export health certificate so this stuff can go to the continent.”

BMPA chief executive Nick Allen said: “This was just one of the issues that was causing us some concern, but I guess towards the end we sort of knew that wasn’t going to come through in the negotiations, the way they were going.

“We hope they will be carrying on talking to the EU and that they will push through and create an export health safety certificate for these products so they can go through.

“What we hope, and what one or two people have said to us, is that in the coming months we can negotiate an export health certificate so this stuff can go to the continent. We are hopeful it’s not a ban forever and it will be solved.”

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