Following a landmark decision by Washington to lift the ban on British beef being imported to the US due to the outbreak of mad cow disease 24 years ago. Yesterday saw it making it’s way back onto supermarket shelves in America.
British beef allowed back into the US: The first shipment was dispatched yesterday morning with more to follow over the coming weeks and months. The lifting of the ban will see a £66 million boost over the next five years for UK beef producers. British ministers said on Monday that it only represents the “tip of the iceberg” for producers. Also saying that a free trade agreement with the US will create a lot of extra export opportunities.
Earlier, the ban was imposed by US officials way back in 1996 but lifted earlier this year after inspections were made by the US at British farms and abattoirs last summer. And on Monday night Environment Secretary George Eustice said that it is a “landmark milestone” for British industry. As “more people around the globe can enjoy our produce”.
Finally, the ban was lifted in March following many years of talks between Government and industry officials. And afterwards, Dr Phil Hadley of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board said. “We are delighted to see the first shipments of beef heading to the US today. For the first time in more than 20 years.
Specifically, the US represents an important potential market for our red meat exports. And today’s first shipment is the result of the land work and persistence of industry and government to bring about this crucial next step. This important milestone will bring a fantastic boost to the sector. And we look forward to seeing more of our red meat served up. On dinner tables across the US in the months and years to come.”
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