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Minister Smith Welcomes The Re-Opening Of The Tunisian Market To Irish Beef

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Brendan Smith TD, today welcomed the agreement which has been reached with the Tunisian authorities to allow the importation into Tunisia of Irish beef.  The Tunisian market had been closed to exports of beef from Ireland since 1997. The market is being re-opened to Irish beef from animals aged under 48 months without BSE testing and from animals aged over 48 months which have tested negative for BSE. This is the same BSE testing regime as applies to exports to EU countries.

The Minister said that the re-opening of this market was a reflection of the renewed confidence the Tunisian authorities have in the rigorous controls and high standards of food safety we have in Ireland. He reiterated his commitment to ensuring that Irish meat exporters would have access to as many global markets as possible and that his Department, Bord Bia and the Department of Foreign Affairs, would continue to work closely in achieving this goal.

Date Released: 13 April 2010