Safety Of NI Beef Exports Formally Recognised By The EU

Northern Irish beef exporters can now trade with the lowest level status for BSE, following an endorsement by the European Union.

The new risk status, the lowest available, was recognised by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in May and formally endorsed by the European Union on 27 July 2017, allowing Northern Ireland exporters to take full advantage of the new trading opportunities it offers.
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Welcoming the announcement, Robert Huey, Chief Veterinary Officer for Northern Ireland, said: "This is a huge boost for the beef sector in Northern Ireland and the culmination of years of invaluable work of our beef producers and finishers, red meat business, vets, government officials and many others. The new risk status will enhance the international image of Northern Ireland as a disease-free area and provides an excellent platform from which to increase our beef exports to international markets.

"We are now working with the beef industry to maximise the benefit secured from this newly gained status, while maintaining our high standards of public and animal health."

Conall Donnelly, CEO of the Northern Ireland Meat Exporters Association (NIMEA), added: "This is a strong endorsement of the health standards of the Northern Ireland herd. This will pay dividends in terms of our international reputation and will be a significant factor in helping to further develop our access to global markets. As an industry we are working closely with government to capitalise on Negligible Risk Status and ensure the greatest possible benefit."


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