Manufacturing beef given Canada green light

Manufacturing beef from the UK has been given approval to be exported to Canada. 

Since 2015, UK officials have been working to ensure manufacturing beef could be tested to the microbiological standards required by the Canadian authorities.

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra), the Food Standards Agency, the UK Export Certification Partnership (UKECP), Quality Meat Scotland and Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales have all been involved in the approvals process.

The new regime is now in place and has been robustly evaluated to UKAS standards, allowing shipments to begin immediately. The Canadian market has been described as “lucrative” by AHDB. In 2016, Canada imported 147,000 tonnes (t) of fresh and frozen beef. Of this, 55% came from the US. The UK sent 412t of primal cuts.

Dr Phil Hadley, AHDB international market development director, said: “This is fantastic news and comes after a lot of hard work by all parties involved.

“We already have market access for sheepmeat into Canada and beef primals have been going over since 2015. To have reached a stage where we have all the testing in place to satisfy inspectors with regards to E.coli is brilliant.

“This is a great opportunity for processors and producers in the UK and is another outlet for our product, which in turn helps underpin farmgate prices.”

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