Japanese ban on Irish beef lifted during Taoiseach's trade mission

Japanese ban on Irish beef lifted during Taoiseach's trade mission

A Japanese ban on the importation of Irish beef has been lifted.

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny confirmed the news this morning during a five day trade trip to Japan.

It's estimated that the deal between Ireland and Japan is worth between €12 and €15m.

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney, who is also in Japan, has welcomed the news.

"We've been working on this as a Department since 2008, [since] when we have essentially been trying to convince vets and scientists coming from both the Department of Health and the Department of Agriculture here in Japan that Irish beef was safe," he said.

The original ban came about as a result of the BSE crisis in 1996.

"Today, that has essentially come to an end."

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