The Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has announced that a further three Irish beef plants and one pigmeat plant have now been approved by the Chinese authorities and listed by CNCA, the Chinese Certification and Accreditation Agency, part of the recently established Chinese Agency, the State Market Regulatory Administration.
It has been announced that ABP Nenagh joins with Rosderra Irish Meats Group Ltd., Roscrea, and nine other facilities that can slaughter Irish meat for the Chinese market.
The announcement follows the beef market opening in April and Ministerial discussions during the successful Trade Mission to China in May.
The Minister noted “I am very pleased that the Chinese officials in CNCA have been able to complete this part of the registration process so quickly and efficiently, despite the wide range of countries seeking beef access to China and many demands on their time. It is a very significant sign of the respect for our food safety systems and of the high regard in which the entire Irish meat industry, from field and farmer through to fork is held.”