23 August 1999
Beef exports resume today
By FWi staff
THE first consignment of British beef in more than three years is being sent to Brussels to form the centrepiece of a special lunch to celebrate the end of the ban on British beef exports.
St Merryn Meat is sending almost 50kg of fillet steak from its abattoir in Cornwall – the only UK plant licensed to export beef following the lifting of the export ban earlier this month.
The shipment is the first consignment of British beef to be sent abroad since the European Union banned British beef exports at the height of the BSE crisis in March 1996.
The steak will be eaten this Wednesday by a delegation of specially invited guests at a lunch hosted by the British Meat and Livestock Commission (MLC).
Among the guests at the meal will be British junior agriculture minister Joyce Quin and MLC chairman Don Curry.