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Good news for British farmers: China lifts ban on beef from the UK

Thursday, June 28th 2018 - 12:45 UTC
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The announcement comes after Theresa May's trade mission to China earlier this year, when President Xi signaled that a lifting of the beef ban would happen soon The announcement comes after Theresa May's trade mission to China earlier this year, when President Xi signaled that a lifting of the beef ban would happen soon

China has ended a two-decades-long ban on exports of beef from the UK, first introduced after the outbreak of BSE - or “mad cow disease” - in the 1990s. The government said the development will be worth £250m to British producers over the next five years.

 It comes after years of site inspections and negotiations between UK and Chinese government officials. It now allows official market access negotiations to begin, a process which usually takes around three years.

The announcement comes after Prime Minister Theresa May's trade mission to China earlier this year, during which President Xi Jinping signaled that a lifting of the beef ban would be happen soon.

Chancellor Philip Hammond, who is visiting China this week, tweeted: “This is great news for British farmers.”

The UK currently sells more than £560m of food and drink from the farming sector a year to China, making it the eighth-biggest export market for such products.

“Today's milestone will help to unlock UK agriculture's full potential and is a major step to forging new trading relationships around the globe,” said a Department for Environment statement.

The announcement comes two days after China signed a deal to lift a ban on French beef imposed more than a decade ago.

 

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  • Voice

    It's all about quality not quantity Chronic...
    Most folk are partial to a bit of Aberdeen Angus...
    Even me and I usually avoid red meat like the plague...

    Jun 30th, 2018 - 12:01 am +2
  • DemonTree

    Meanwhile back in the real world, New Zealand is a similar size to the UK and is the fifth largest beef exporter in the world, Uruguay is smaller and comes in at number 8, and is famous for its beef.

    Were you born this stupid Chronic, or do you have to work at it?

    Jun 28th, 2018 - 06:31 pm +1
  • Skip

    No pasture in the UK?

    Why are Americans so ignorant.... and angry?

    Jul 01st, 2018 - 07:16 am +1
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