Japan to scrap UK beef ban imposed after BSE crisis

Japan to scrap UK beef ban imposed after BSE crisis


Japan will end a ban on British beef and lamb that has been in place since the mad cow disease epidemic.

The move comes ahead of a meeting between Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Theresa May.

The leaders are expected to announce funding for technology collaborations at the Downing Street meeting on Thursday.

Brexit is also expected to loom large over the talks, with Mr Abe expressing Japan’s concerns.

Downing Street says Japan’s decision to drop the beef and lamb ban, which has been in place since 1996, will be worth £127m to British farmers over five years.

Exports of red meat products from the UK surpassed £1.2 billion in 2017, according to Revenue and Customs Statistics.

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