Beef from Brazil, pork from Denmark and pork and bacon from the Netherlands have been the star performers of the imported meat trade this year. Much of this increased activity has been politically controversial at a time of severe pressure on the home farming and processing industries, especially in pigmeat, but some of the perceptions have been distorted.The tonnage of Irish beef, for instance, has grown only about 15% and volume in August was little changed from a year earlier. The beef import supply from Brazil, on the other hand, has nearly trebled. However, the current market turmoil resulting from the French BSE crisis is making all these figures of little more than historical interest. The flow of Irish beef, especially, could change radically in the next few weeks. {{MEAT }}

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