British steaks to be shipped to America after 24-year ban

THE first British steaks to be exported to America since the mad cow disease ban will leave for the United States today.

After Washington lifted their 24-year import block on British meat in March, Northern Irish slaughterhouse Foyle Food Group has won the race for a first shipment.

The US market could be a £66million boost to British farming over the next five years.

Trade boss Liz Truss called the shipment of steaks and joints from Londonderry to Philadelphia the “tip of the iceberg”.

She added: “This is a historic moment for British farming. For too long, our brilliant beef has been shut out of the world’s largest market.

“The free trade deal we are negotiating with the US will create a host of export opportunities for agriculture.

“We are seeking an ambitious and high-standards agreement that benefits farmers and delivers for consumers.”

Ms Truss is currently haggling with US counterparts to lift crippling tariffs on UK beef that can be up to 26 per cent.

Foyle Food boss Terry Acheson said: “We are very proud to be leading the way.”

He added: “This opportunity will enable our farmers to showcase their prime quality beef to one of the largest consumer markets in the world”

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