New dawn for Irish beef in Canada and Oman

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney has welcomed the opening of the market for Irish beef in Canada and Oman.
New dawn for Irish beef in Canada and Oman

He said Irish sheepmeat will now have full access to the Oman market, building on the existing access it has for Canada.

He said: “I am delighted to see the re-opening of this potentially valuable market in Canada. This is a market with strong Irish links, which appreciates premium quality foods and should be a natural fit for Irish beef. It builds on the progress in accessing the US market earlier this year.”

The opening of the Canadian market to EU beef is part of an EU-wide deal brokered by the European Commission.

Ireland was a leading participant in this process. There will be no restriction on the age of cattle from which beef can be exported.

Ireland has also reached agreement with authorities in the Sultanate of Oman on veterinary health certification which will allow for the export of beef and sheepmeat from Ireland to Oman for the first time. There is no age restriction.

Waterford food processor Dawn Meats issued a strong welcome for the renewed access to Canada.

Richard Clinton, Dawn group commercial director, said: “The reopening of Canada to exports of Irish beef is a welcome development, following the resumption of business in the USA earlier this year.

“In anticipation of the reopening of this significant market, our business development team have been working over the last number of months to again add Canada to the list of over 40 countries we supply.

“Dawn Meats was a significant exporter of Irish beef to Canada before it closed.”

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