Beef imports halved since horse scandal
Beef imports have almost halved in the wake of the horsemeat crisis last spring.
However, Ireland still imported over 6,000 tonnes of beef valued at €26m during a three month period in 2013.
Britain remains the main source of our imported beef, mainly of cull cow beef carcasses, many of which come in through Northern Ireland to then be incorporated into the South's large burger processing industry.
CSO data shows that British imports were back by 42pc for three quarters of our total imports during March, April and May this year.
The other countries that have seen an average decrease of close to 80pc are Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Spain and Poland.
Remarkably, Irish meat processors continued to import almost €250,000 of beef from Poland during the 13-week period covered by the data. This is despite the fact that Poland being implicated as the source for meat containing up to 80pc horsemeat last January.
The category that has seen the biggest fall is the frozen edible beef offal segment, which fell by over 70pc over the course of the last year.
Prepared edible offal also fell by almost 60pc, while frozen carcasses also fell by over 50pc.