Could UK beef be back? Producers begin to hope again

June 28, 2004, as reported by just-food.com: With indications that the export market could begin reopening to UK cattle, cattle producers here hope to have finally moved beyond the devastating effects of mad cow disease.

"It took a sustained period to restore confidence (in export markets)," Roy McHattie, chief executive of the Aberdeen-Angus Society, told Reuters at the Royal Highland Show on the outskirts of Edinburgh, Scotland.

McHattie said the industry hopes to see foreign countries begin easing restrictions on imports of British beef in 2005.

John Fleming, secretary of the British Belgian Blue Cattle Society said there had been talk of trade barriers coming down in the autumn or next spring, reported Reuters.