A ten-year export ban on British beef is lifted today.

The ban was imposed at the height of the BSE crisis in March 1996 when trading of British beef was worth an estimated £600m to the British economy.

Peter Kendall, president of the National Farmers’ Union, said: “The lifting of the British beef ban is fantastic news for farmers and the UK economy.”

He added: “What this means is we can now take full advantage of the huge investment the British beef industry has made in quality assurance and which gives our beef a real edge over the competition.”