Scotch beef could be heading to the USA soon

Scotch beef could be heading to the USA soon

Within the next six months Scottish red meat plants will come under the scrutiny of American food safety inspectors with a view to giving a green light for exports to the USA.


Lochhead is optimistic about the forthcoming inspections.

Scottish Food Secretary, Richard Lochhead said: “I am looking forward to Scotland hosting a formal audit mission from the US authorities in the first half of this year, which should enable the importation of Scotch beef to recommence.

“I’m also optimistic that this will help to pave the way for the resumption of imports of other iconic Scottish products such as haggis and Scotch lamb.”

There have been restrictions on red meat imports from the UK to the USA since 1989, following concerns over BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) infecting the human food chain.

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