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Export of Ostrich meat to Europe will continue

20 November 2007

The South African Ostrich Business Chamber (SAOBC) expressed its gratitude and appreciation towards the Department of Agriculture for its efforts to ensure the continuation of export of ostrich meat to Europe Ė especially since it is now the peak season for consumption.

The European Commission decided to allow the continued export of ostrich meat following inspections in South Africa earlier this year as well as a successful joint meeting in Brussels between the Ostrich Industry, the Department of Agriculture and members of the European Commission.

"The implications of this decision by the EU are that about 20 000 jobs are secured, contributing to rural stability and that foreign income of about R1,2 billion per annum is not lost" says Anton Kruger, Chief Executive Officer of the SAOBC. "It is also very important for our clients in Europe to know that they can rely on a constant, uninterrupted supply of tasty ostrich meat of the highest quality and safety standards" Kruger added.

"The partnership approach between the Industry and the Department, again proved to be a key to success" said Kruger. "The systems and procedures developed and implemented by the SAOBC also play a significant role in this process and we also thank all roleplayers for their cooperation."

Source: South African Ostrich Business Chamber

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