Beef from cattle of all ages is now eligible for export to Japan, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD., has confirmed.
The previous under-30-months age restriction has been removed, following a change in the terms of export health certificates for beef.
This follows on from a successful beef audit to Ireland by a team of inspectors from the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare in March 2019.
It comes around three weeks before Minister Creed will lead the next agri-food Trade Mission to Japan between June 10th and 12th.
Speaking about this very positive development, the Minister said: “This comes at a particularly opportune time shortly before my Trade Mission to Japan, and on top of the recent good news from China in relation to the approval of Irish beef plants.”
He said it is a testament to the strong co-operation of Team Ireland and our very productive relations with Japanese counterparts in progressing market access.
“Team Ireland is growing in Japan with the addition later this year of an agricultural attaché in the Irish Embassy in Tokyo and also the placement of a Bord Bia Market specialist in Japan.”
Ireland exported €3.6 million worth of beef, with a volume of 840 tonnes, to Japan in 2018, according to the CSO trade statistics.