October 1,  2020


UK beef now permitted to enter US market after more than two decades


UK beef has finally been allowed to be exported to the United States as exports resumed on September 30.

Beef from the country was banned for more than 20 years following a BSE outbreak in 1996.

Some UK beef was cleared for export in March after US inspections last year. Shipments from Northern Ireland's Foyle Food Group will be the first to leave.

The US market for UK beef will be worth £66 million (US$86.4 million) over five years, according to ministers.

"The US represents an important potential market for our red meat exports and today's first shipment is the result of the hard work and persistence of industry and government to bring about this crucial next step," said Dr. Phil Hadley, a director  at the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). "This important milestone will bring a fantastic boost to the sector and we look forward to seeing more of our red meat served up on dinner tables across the US in the months and years to come."