UAE opens up to UK Beef

The way has been paved for British and Scotch beef to be exported to the United Arab Emirates, after the UK obtained a health certificate for exports of deboned, fresh beef.

The news comes after significant effort and months of negotiations by a number of organisations including Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), Eblex, government departments and the devolved governments. 

The news has greeted as a good opportunity for beef exporters in Scotland and England, although Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) are seeking clarity on the detail of some of the stipulations required to achieve certification.

QMS head of marketing Laurent Vernet said: “We are delighted with the news. The UAE offers exciting potential for Scotch Beef.  
“Dubai itself is now being promoted as the ‘highway to the world’ and positioned as an economic powerhouse alongside London, New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

“Given the high demand for top quality food and the steak-eating culture, this market clearly offers exciting potential for our iconic Scotch Beef label with its world-leading quality assurance and global acclaim for taste.”

Vernet pointed out that the opening of the market to Scotch Beef may well lead to increased interest in Scotch Lamb from the UAE. The UK already has a health certificate for the lamb exports to the UAE but Scotch Lamb is not yet exported to this market. 

Eblex’s head of trade development, Peter Hardwick, also welcomed the news.

He said: “This represents a major step forward in re-establishing our reputation for producing high quality beef, and demonstrates that we have made significant progress in overcoming historical barriers regarding our BSE status, which have presented a major challenge in this region.”

The UK was represented at Gulfood, one of the largest trade fair in the Middle East held in Dubai last February, by QMS, Eblex and Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC).

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