Harper Government Secures Full Market Access for Beef to the United Arab Emirates

Ottawa, Ontario, August 2, 2012 - Canadian beef producers will immediately benefit from full market access to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The announcement was made today by Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and International Trade Minister Ed Fast. With the expanded market access to beef from animals over 30 months of age, the UAE has now fully re-opened its door to Canadian world-class beef.

"The UAE is the first country in the Gulf Cooperation Council region to resume full access to our high-quality beef and this is a significant milestone for Canadian beef producers", said Minister Ritz. "We are hopeful that the UAE's decision will encourage other countries in this region to grant full access to Canadian beef."

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