UK meat exports crack £1bn

Exports of British meat and livestock products have crashed through the £1bn barrier for the first time in more than 10 years.

Preliminary figures released earlier this week by the MLC show beef and lamb exports both increasing, with sales of lamb abroad reaching £230m and beef at £90m while pork exports were at £100m.

And in its first year of full export trading, British beef exports reached more than 40,000t - way above the original estimate of 30,000t.

The figures are the highest since 1995, when beef exports were banned because of BSE. MLC meat export manager Jean-Pierre Garnier, said: "A great deal of work has been put into ensuring British beef, pork and lamb have been displayed in as many foreign markets as possible and we are now planning a concentrated programme of activity for this coming year.

"Many foreign markets have been enthusiastic buyers. It seems we have the right products at the right prices."

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