‘Historic moment’: UK beef heads to US for first time in 20 years

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The first shipments of British beef is being prepared for the US for the first time in more than 20 years, representing a ‘historic moment’ for UK farmers.

Shipments of beef will be heading to the United States for the first time in two decades after three processing sites were this week given the go-ahead to export.

The first containers are due to arrive within the coming weeks, in a deal estimated to be worth £66 million over the next five years.

Numerous farming industry groups working alongside the government have worked for years to seal the lucrative deal.

It comes after market access for UK beef was granted in March of this year, following the US’s longstanding ban on EU beef – introduced in the wake of the BSE outbreak in 1996.

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