No Irish 'manufacturing' beef exported to the US, four months after access was granted
Four months on since Irish manufacturing beef, which is used for mince-based products, was granted access to the US none has been exported.
Ireland was the first EU Member State to be granted access to the US for manufacturing beef, which is typically used in burgers and processed products.
Access was granted to Irish manufacturing beef after more than a year of intensive work by the Department of Agriculture, it said, and built on the January 2015 granting of access to raw, intact Irish beef. The first shipments of Irish beef landed in the less than three months later, in time for St Patrick's day.
At the time, the then Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said the US market could be worth €100m per annum to Irish beef exports.
However, Department of Agriculture figures, obtained by FarmIreland.ie show that by the end of quarter three this year, only an estimated 1,800t of beef has been exported to the US, with an estimated value of €13m.
It said trade in manufacturing beef has not yet commenced so trade to date is entirely composed of intact cuts.
Total Irish beef exports to the US in 2015 were worth €14m.
Last year, before access was granted Bord Bia said access for manufacturing beef would be the 'big prize' for Ireland.