'Pace of access will be determined by the Chinese' – Creed on access for Irish beef to China
The pace of access for Irish beef to the massive Chinese market is in the hands of Chinese authorities, the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed has said.
He said China is a high priority for beef market access and significant progress has already been made.
The BSE ban in respect of Irish beef was lifted by the Chinese authorities in early 2015.
This was a very positive development which paved the way for the start of the process to secure access.
The Chinese General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) then carried out a systems audit in Ireland in January 2016.
In April 2017 together with the AQSIQ Minister Zhi Shuping, the Minister signed a Protocol on the requirements for Frozen Beef to be exported from Ireland to China.
The signing of this Protocol was another significant step towards securing beef market access.
A veterinary health certificate based on this Protocol is being finalised and will be submitted to the Chinese Authorities shortly.