It would appear Ireland is no closer to getting access to the lucrative Chinese beef market.

As part of a trade mission, Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed met officials from the Chinese Quarantine Inspection Service in Beijing on Wednesday in the next step to negotiating access for Irish beef into the Chinese market. During the meeting the Chinese committed to fast-tracking the completion of a report on inspections they carried out last January. Some industry sources expected that Irish officials might have received results in Beijing on Wednesday, but that did not materialise.