Australia okays British pork imports

Australia has confirmed it has agreed to accept imports of pork from Great Britain.

Australian authorities approved imports of fresh pork for further heat treatment following an inspection by the country’s veterinary authorities in September last year.

It imported more than 72,000 tonnes of pig meat last year, with the majority coming from Canada, Denmark and the United States.

But it is expected to need to bring in 10% more this year after severe drought cut domestic pig production.

More than 88,000 tonnes of pork was exported by the UK between January and November 2006, but only 13% was sent to third countries such as Australia.

Germany, the Netherlands and the Irish Republic were the largest recipients of UK pork.