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Japan Reopens Market to Irish Beef Offal after BSE

04 December 2013

IRELAND – The reopening of the Japanese market to Irish beef offal could be worth €2 billion according to the Irish Farmers Association.

Particular opportunities lie in mountain chain (tripe) and tongue exports, which could reach €10 million to €15 million a year, IFA President John Bryan said on Monday.

He described the announcement as ‘very significant and positive’ for the livestock sector, praising the efforts of the Department of Agriculture and Bord Bia in negotiations to lift the ban.

Japanese market ties were severed in 2000 due to BSE concerns in ban covering Ireland and the rest of Europe.

Mr Bryan concluded that markets for higher priced cuts can be developed from the foundation of offal trading.

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