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Enhanced access for Irish beef to Saudi Arabia

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Staff Writer | February 28, 2017
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, announced an agreement on enhanced access for Irish beef to Saudi Arabia.
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This was on the first day of the Irish agri-food Trade Mission to the Gulf region.

This agreement follows high level discussions this afternoon between Minister Creed and Prof. Dr Hisham Saad Aljadhey, the Executive President of the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA), which is the competent authority in Saudi Arabia for market access matters.

Speaking after the meeting, Minister Creed said, "I was delighted to secure today’s agreement after discussions with Prof. Dr Hisham Saad Aljadhey.

"This agreement will make a difference to Irish companies wishing to export beef to Saudi Arabia, by adding processed, cooked, minced and bone-in beef to the products that can be exported to Saudi Arabia.

"This is testament to the high regard in which Irish beef is held here and marks the culmination of intensive work by my Department, our Embassy here in Riyadh and the industry over recent months.”

"Last year Ireland exported some €2.4 billion worth of beef to around 70 countries. I am very cognisant of the need both to expand the number of beef markets but also to enhance existing market access given our current exposure to the UK beef market.

"Minced, processed and cooked beef, are all potentially valuable products and we want to develop export opportunities for them, in addition to intact cuts of beef."

The Minister also discussed a number of technical certification issues of interest to the dairy and other sectors, and both sides agreed that the process for Irish sheep meat access should commence, and arrangements are being made to follow up on the necessary technical steps.