The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., today announced that a further Irish beef plant has now been approved by the Chinese authorities and listed by GACC, the Chinese General Administration of Customs.
This announcement follows on from the beef market opening in 2018 and the six Irish beef plants that had already been approved for export. It comes in advance of the Ministerial Trade Mission to China in May.
The Minister noted “I am very pleased that the Chinese officials in GACC have been able to complete this part of the registration process.”
The Minister said “This is a testament to my Department’s work in pursuing market access through technical, diplomatic and political channels. Increasing market opportunities for our exporters is a key component of the Food Wise 2025 strategy and our response to Brexit.”
This now brings the total number of Irish meat plants approved for export to China to twelve, five of which are pigmeat plants and the remaining seven are beef plants. Minister Creed says the news will have knock on benefits for farmers throughout the country and says his next mission is securing approval for additional beef plants and gaining access for sheepmeat.