ABP flies to China to flag the potential of Irish beef
Published 06/04/2016 | 02:30
ABP's Larry Goodman flew to Beijing to meet with Chinese government officials to highlight the quality of Ireland's beef as processors bid to gain access to the Asian marketplace.
Along with the US, China has been a key target for the country's meat processors after the Asian giant moved to lift the BSE ban on imported Irish beef in 2015.
However, discussions to achieve full approval are still continuing behind the scenes with further visits from Chinese authorities expected.
A spokesman for the Agriculture Department said they are continuing to work closely with the Chinese authorities to finalise the remaining technical steps to allow trade of Irish beef to China to begin.
"A Chinese inspection team visited Ireland for 10 days in January and we are currently awaiting their report which will determine next steps," a spokesman stated.
Dawn Meats has already flagged the potential it sees in China for the Irish market.
Documents obtained under Freedom of Information show that ABP Food Group contacted the Bureau of Import and Export Food Safety, AQSIQ to meet officers in Beijing last November.
"The purpose of the meeting would be to discuss the ongoing process of approving Irish beef for export to China," stated the letter from ABP.