The nation is expected to open its doors to Irish beef in the first half of next year, further consolidating the end of a 14-year ban on European beef, Ireland’s top agricultural official said on Monday. Leading a trade mission to the country, Simon Coveney, the Irish minister for agriculture, food and marine, said he expects Irish exports of beef products to China will be given the green light after a stringent audit of the products by Chinese authorities next month…Full Article: China Daily Nov 2014

Key Point

  • In 2000, China banned beef from the EU and US due to concerns over mad cow disease (BSE).

ChinaAg Comments

  • In May 2014, China authorized 38 Irish companies to export dairy products, while allowing only six of 13 infant formula producers in New Zealand and zero British dairy producers to export. The ban on British dairy was lifted by June 2014.
  • In May 2013, Ireland’s dairy giant, Glanbia, signed a memorandum of understanding with Bright Foods Group to supply China with milk and infant formula. Glanbia is a competitor (lagging behind) of New Zealand’s Fonterra Dairy.
  • In addition to being Ireland’s Minister of Agriculture, Simon Coveney is also the island’s Minister of Defense.

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