31/07/2017

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.
News Image
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."

(MH)

Related Northern Ireland Business News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

29 November 2010
Assured Beef Supplies To Boost NI Trade?
The National Beef Association (NBA) expects dramatic changes on the world market to drag the domestic multiple retail companies most anxious to secure regular access to assured supplies of UK origin beef into urgently re-constructing their approach to purchasing.
09 December 2013
Dunbia Invest £2.3m In Training And Development
Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster has announced a £2.3m investment in training and development by Dunbia (Northern Ireland). The Dungannon-headquartered company, a leading supplier of beef, lamb and pork products, is implementing skills development programmes over the next three years designed to improve and grow its business.
17 August 2018
European Law Firm To Create 125 New Jobs In Northern Ireland
Up to 125 new legal and business support jobs are to be created in Northern Ireland. European law firm Fieldfisher is opening a new office to add to the firm's international office network, with services including Document Negotiation and Legal Support teams. Invest NI has offered £630,000 towards the creation of the new jobs.
06 December 2012
Local Firm Hannan Meats To Supply Beef To Top London Store
Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has announced that Hannan Meats is to supply beef to top London store Fortnum and Mason. The Minister announced the new business alliance, which will begin in January, during a visit to the Moira-based business.
05 December 2017
2018 Northern Ireland Responsible Business Awards Launched
The 2018 Northern Ireland Responsible Business Awards have been announced, which recognise the achievements of Northern Ireland businesses making a difference by addressing social and environmental issues. The Awards, which are run by Business in the Community, are open to businesses in Northern Ireland of all sizes and from all sectors.