authorities have this week lifted the ban on sheep meat from the UK, following
a detailed process to gain access to this new and lucrative market.
Exports of lamb
could begin as early as next month once export certification is finalised and released.
comes following ongoing negotiations and inspections carried out jointly by Defra,
the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), FSA, UKECP, DAERA
International Market Development Director Phil Hadley said: “This is great news
for the sheep industry and for lamb processors and producers in the UK who are
keen to look at new, non-EU markets.
announcement is the result of ongoing and detailed work between all parties and
is a testament to the high regard and quality of UK lamb.”
The news comes
hot on the heels of an agreement to progress lifting the BSE ban on UK beef
exports to China, as well as exports of a broader range of dairy products, following the
Prime Minister’s visit to Beijing earlier this month.
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Notes to editors
AHDB is a
statutory levy board, funded by farmers, growers and others in the supply
chain. Our purpose is to inspire our farmers, growers and industry to succeed
in a rapidly changing world. We equip the industry with easy to use, practical
know-how which they can apply straight away to make better decisions and
improve their performance. Established in 2008 and classified as a
Non-Departmental Public Body, it supports the following industries: meat and
livestock (cattle, sheep and pigs) in England; horticulture, milk and potatoes
in Great Britain; and cereals and oilseeds in the UK. AHDB’s remit covers 72
per cent of total UK agricultural output. Further information on AHDB can be
found at www.ahdb.org.uk
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20 February 2018