Beef export agreement reached with Hong Kong

Representatives of the meat industry were treated to a beef reception in Hong Kong last week to mark an historic agreement with Great Britain.

A landmark agreement made in June allowed beef rib cuts and other specified bone-in products to be exported to Hong Kong from Britain. The Quality Standard Mark (QSM) was also showcased to potential beef importers as part of the celebration.

The dinner, which was held at the Hong Kong Jockey Club, was hosted by Eblex, with Secretary of State Owen Paterson supporting the event as part of a trade mission to the Far East.

At the meal, guests were served a fore-rib of beef, dry and aged on the bone for 28 days. Carving and serving was supervised by Eblex foodservice manager Hugh Judd.

Paterson said: “It was a really good event, hosted by Eblex, and attended by high-end retailers, restaurants, well-known chefs and importers.

“One importer told me she’d not eaten beef for 10 years, but having tasted it she was definitely going to start selling it here.”

Paterson also voiced his enthusiasm about trade with Hong Kong and explained that it could “prove to be an important springboard for breaking into the Chinese market”.

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