September 26, 2020


US reopens market to British beef after 24-year ban



The US is importing British beef for the first time after 24 years of imposed ban that started back in 1996 following an outbreak of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).


The first containers of beef are due to arrive in the US soon, the UK levy board Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) said, according to a report by the Farmers Weekly.


AHDB International Market Development Director Phil Hadley said the reopening of the US market to British beef is "an historic moment" for UK livestock farmers.


"We are rightly proud of our industry, which has a reputation for producing high-quality beef to some of the best welfare standards in the world", he said.


"The US represents an important potential market for our red meat exports, and this development is the result of the hard work and persistence of industry and government to bring about this crucial next step".


The US earlier in March announced its intention to lift its 24-year ban on British beef imports after a three-week inspection was conducted during summer 2019.


The UK government said the lifting of the ban opens the door to an estimated £66-million (US$84.14-million) worth of exports over the next five years.