Progress Reached on Irish Beef Exports to Saudi Arabia

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Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConologue has announced progress in expanding market access for Irish beef in Saudi Arabia.

Agreement was made in principle to lift the current restriction whereby Irish beef exports to Saudi Arabia must come from cattle slaughtered less than 30 months of age.

Talks are continuing on future access for Irish sheep meat and poultry to the Saudi market.

Ireland’s food exports to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia amounted to almost €100 million last year dominated by dairy products and the Irish government is keen to expand sales in the country.

Today (Thursday) Mr McConalogue is taking part in events at the first day of the ‘Food, Agriculture and Livelihoods’ week at EXPO 2020 Dubai.