China, Ireland Sign Protocol on Beef Access
The Cattle Site
19 April 2017
CHINA & IRELAND - China and Ireland on Tuesday signed a formal protocol on beef exports to China that paves the way to access for Irish beef to China.
The protocol is related to inspection, quarantine and veterinary health requirements for Irish frozen beef to be exported to China.
This marks another major milestone in the process of getting Irish beef into the Chinese market, the Irish government said in a statement.
China imposed a ban on Irish beef after Europe's mad cow disease outbreak in 2000.
In order to complete the process to allow Irish beef exporters access to the Chinese market, a veterinary health certificate with China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) must be finalized, which will be followed by an inspection visit by the Chinese Certification and Accreditation Administration (CNCA) to approve individual processing plants for export, according to the Irish government.
Beef consumption in China has increased almost six fold...