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Protocol for Irish beef to access China

CHINA and Ireland have signed a formal protocol on beef exports to China that lets consumers access Irish beef.

The protocol is related to inspection, quarantine and veterinary health requirements for Irish frozen beef to be exported to China.

This marks another major milestone in the process of getting Irish beef into the Chinese market, the Irish government said in a statement.

China imposed a ban on Irish beef after Europe’s mad cow disease outbreak in 2000.

In order to complete the process to allow Irish beef exporters access to the Chinese market, a veterinary health certificate with China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine must be finalized, which will be followed by an inspection visit by the Chinese Certification and Accreditation Administration to approve individual processing plants for export.

Beef consumption in China increased almost sixfold between 1990 and 2015 and is forecast to rise further over the coming years.

However, Chinese beef production has not kept pace with rising demand.

On Tuesday, the two sides also signed a protocol to facilitate trade in thoroughbred horses for an emerging racing sector in China.

Irish agri-food exports to China have risen from 240 million euros (US$257 million) in 2012 to 780 million euros in 2016, a threefold gain.


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