Announced last month (October 2019), the additional plants brings the total number of approved beef plants to 21 in Ireland. Two cold stores in Ireland have also been given approval by the Chinese government.
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD confirmed that all formalities have now been completed, and the 14 additional beef plants (plus two cold stores) have been listed on the GACC (General Administration of Customs in China) website, allowing trade from these plants to commence.
The approval was welcomed by Creed and Meat Industry Ireland senior director Cormac Healy who said that “building access for Irish beef and other meats to international growth markets is crucial to maximising market returns to the entire sector, particularly when faced with challenging internal EU market conditions”.
The beef plants and cold stores are:
Kildare Chilling Co. ABP Waterford Ashbourne Meat Processors Tipperary
Euro Farm Foods Dawn Meats Grannagh Ashbourne Meat Processors Kildare
ABP Cahir ABP Bandon Kepak Longford
Meadow Meats ABP Rathkeele Kepak Kilbeggan
Kepak Athleaque Dawn Meats Ballyhaunis CGI Cold Stores