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Beefing up US exports

Scottish Secretary welcomes end of American beef import ban.

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The lifting of the ban on beef imports from the EU to the USA was today welcomed by Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael.

He said:

This announcement is an important milestone and reflects the hard work that’s been undertaken so far. Scotch Beef is a standard of excellence that is world renowned and this decision brings us one step closer to ensuring the return of our high quality produce to the US market.

The UK Government - through its extensive diplomatic, consular and trade networks - is working hard across the globe to open the doors to Scotland’s high quality food and drink products as both this announcement and the recent multi million pound beef and lamb trade deal between the UK and Russia shows.

There is much work still to be done particularly in opening the US market for lamb. The UK through our strong voice in Europe has also ensured that our interest is a priority in the on-going Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations.

Published 4 November 2013