News of the re-opening of export markets in the EU to
British pig meat will give the industry a much-needed boost
says the British Pig Executive (BPEX).
Before the outbreak of foot and mouth disease, exports
to the EU were worth almost £150 million a year.
BPEX Chief Executive Mick Sloyan said the EU was a very
important market for Britain.
Most of our cull sows were exported to Germany and we also
export pork for manufacturing. The re-opening of these
temporarily lost markets will relieve some of the pressure
in the abattoir sector.
However, he said there was still work to be done in markets
outside the EU still closed to us.
Mick said: "While Europe is a valuable market British
pig meat is normally exported much further afield - markets
such as Japan and Korea.
"Negotiations will have to take place with each country
individually and BPEX will be continuing to support the
work of Defra to achieve this as soon as possible.
"These are countries which take offals and residual
cuts which have little value in the UK - or may even incur
a disposal cost - but can command a premium overseas.
Exports to the EU could start again as early as Saturday
and Mick said exporters needed to be on the blocks waiting
for the gun because the demand for British pork is out
Prior to the outbreak the UK exported 107,300 tonnes of
pork, bacon and pork products to the EU annually. These
had a value of £146 million. The UK exported 77,000
live pigs worth £7.7 million.
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