Recognition Of BSE Controls: Export Opportunity

IRELAND and SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa has brought BSE testing requirements for Irish beef imports into line with those of the EU. The news has been welcomed by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney.
calendar icon 9 August 2011
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This means that for the purposes of trade with South Africa, the minimum age for BSE testing of healthy cattle slaughtered for human consumption will be increased from 48 months to 72 months.

The South African decision corresponds with the increase in the age of BSE testing for intra-community trade which has been in effect since the first of July this year.

The Minister highlighted the importance of the Republic of South Africa as a key third country market for Irish beef and offal and said that "this positive decision removes a significant technical barrier for our beef exporters and should also help to reduce their costs and alleviate any associated administrative burdens".

The Minister added that "this good news follows on foot of last month's decision by the Russian Federation, another critical third country market for Irish beef, to align their BSE testing requirements with those of the EU."

He emphasised that the recent decisions by both countries pointed to a tangible recognition by them of the effectiveness of our BSE controls.

The Minister said that his Department would continue to petition other countries that continue to demand more stringent BSE testing regimes than those pertaining in the EU to match the new requirements and increase the age of testing to 72 months.

Concluding, the Minister stressed that he and his Department would continue to work on developing improved opportunities for the export of Irish meat and meat products to as many global markets as possible.

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