Eblex introduces offal and fifth-quarter export packaging guide

Red meat levy body Eblex has produced a new packaging guide for offal and variety meats to help boost export opportunities.

The guide is available for English beef and lamb processors, and outlines processing and packaging guidelines for different global export markets.

Eblex hopes the guide will encourage processors to extract greater value from the whole carcase and reduce waste. Moreover, the levy board reported that the opportunity for offal and other fifth-quarter products lay largely within foreign markets, especially within Africa and the Far East.

There has been a significant shift in the number of fifth-quarter beef and sheep products exported: in 2014 the UK exported 47,000 tonnes of offal, a rise of 28% on 2013, contributing £67m to the UK economy, Eblex reported.

“The UK has a great reputation worldwide for high-quality meat products that are traceable and safe, due to our assurance schemes, veterinary controls and processing methods,” said Eblex export manager Jean-Pierre Garnier.

“The guide provides the information for processors and exporters to ensure the optimum quality is achieved when harvesting, chilling and packing offal and variety meats for the export market.”

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