The first batch of British beef exported to the United States in more than 20 years left Northern Ireland on September 30, six months after the US authorities decided to lift the UK import ban.
|Beef is sold at a market in Washington, DC, USA. (Photo: AFP / VNA)|
The first British beef export to the United States in more than 20 years left Northern Ireland on September 30, six months after the US government decided to lift the UK ban on importing this commodity.
UK Environment Minister George Eustice said that this is good news for the country’s livestock industry as beef exports are estimated to generate £ 66 million ($ 85 million) in revenue over the next five years alone. producer beef.
The US government has imposed restrictions imported beef from the European Union (EU) since 1998 due to concerns about mad cow disease.
However, the US has gradually loosened this measure while attempting to negotiate a free trade agreement with the EU.
The United States has allowed the resumption of beef imports from Ireland and the Netherlands from 2015 and 2016. In March this year, the UK was allowed to resume beef exports.
Bovine spongiform encephalitis (BSE), commonly known as mad cow disease, hit the UK beef industry heavily in the late 1980s to the 1990s.
British authorities have destroyed more than 4 million cows to prevent the spread of the disease.
Humans can get sick neurological disorders name is, has a name which is Creutzfeld-Jakob (vCJD) if BSE-infected beef is eaten. In 2000, the UK recorded 24 deaths from vCJD./.