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Meatco to export first beef to USA end of July

09/07/2018
by Kelvin Chiringa
Business

The long wait is over at the country’s biggest meat processing and marketing company, Meatco, and a first consignment of beef to the US market will commence with effect from the end of this month, the Namibia Agricultural Union (NAU) has confirmed. 

Namibia will go down as the first African country to sell its beef to the US market and although approval for exports was granted in 2016 already, labeling for exports had to comply with US requirements first.

The exports to the US had been hindered by pending labelling approval for its products following a public health and assurance audit by the United States of America via Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS). 

The major purpose of the audit was to find out whether Namibia remains in compliance with maintaining their required standards and ac cording to Meatco Manager of Corporate Affairs, Rosa Hamukuaja-Thobias, “No deviations (findings) were raised and the Meatco plant was found to be fully compliant.”

February of this year Meatco had made inroads towards commencing shipping beef after the US gave a seal of approval to the labelling and packaging concerns that had stalled the process. 

Between 2015 and 2016 Meatco’s beef exports amounted to N$1,285 billion while by 2017, in terms of value, the international market accounted for 77.08% of Meatco's revenue.