Iran to Resume Red Meat Imports from New Zealand
Trade and commerce ministry of Islamic Republic announced on Wednesday that Iran is going to resume red meat imports from New Zealand in near future. Iran had stopped meat imports from New Zealand due to animal diseases.
Dr. Mohsen Meshkat, Director of Surveillance and Animal Diseases Control Division of I.V.O., says the quality of New Zealand’s red meats have been vetted by Iran’s Health Ministry meticulously.
“Currently, New Zealand is exporting the best quality red meats in world. In recent years, we stopped imports from New Zealand only because of sanitary matters. Iranian experts have examined the quality of New Zealand’s meats, which comply with international standards in this regard.” Dr. Mohsen Meshkat told the Herald boy.
Meshkat also added that Iran will resume red meat imports from New Zealand only on certain conditions. “According to the new agreements, Iran will be allowed to stop buying meats from New Zealand as soon as we detect animal diseases in exported red meats.”
Dr. Mohsen Meshkat went on to say that Iran will continue importing red meat from Brazil, Australia and India at the same time.
During the recent years, local producers of red meat have failed to fulfill the domestic demand for this product. This has made Iranian government to import red meat from other Asian countries in the hope of balancing the market.
The current economic ties between Iran and New Zealand are traditionally based on meat trade. In recent years, these ties have developed into a more diverse and sophisticated trading relationship that offers opportunities for cooperation in a growing number of sectors.