Farmers see big demand when UK meat ban ends

UK-Japan News June 2017

The rising consumption of meat in Japan may offer a chance for UK farmers to sell British beef and pork to this high-value market, Farmers Weekly reported on 1 May.

Britain’s Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is looking to open up opportunities in Japan for beef, imports of which are dominated by Australia and the United States. Currently, the UK cannot sell beef in Japan, because Tokyo has not conducted sanitary and phytosanitary tests at UK processing plants since a trade ban was instated in the wake of the BSE crisis.

AHDB hopes Japanese officials will visit UK plants within the next 12 months.