A Donegal meat processor is one of three Irish beef producers to have been fully approved to gain access to the Chinese market.
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed announced that from this morning the Chinese market has been opened to Irish beef.
Donegal Meat Processors in Carrigans has been fully approved by the Chinese authorities along with Larry Goodman-owned ABP plant in Clones in Co Monaghan and Slaney Meats based in Co Wexford have also been approved.
The Irish companies are the first European beef processors to gain access to the Chinese market.
Minister Creed said: “I understand that the Chinese authorities will list a number of our beef establishments within the next few days. The opening of this key market presents an excellent opportunity for the Irish beef sector, from farmers through to processors, in line with the market development theme of our Food Wise strategy. Opening and developing new markets is also a key part of our response to the uncertainties arising from Brexit.
“This decision also represents a powerful endorsement of Ireland’s high standards by the Chinese Administration, for which food safety is a prerequisite for trade.”