British meat factories have warned in a letter to DEFRA Minister George Eustace that meat exports could collapse by up to 75% from 1 January, as there won’t be enough vets available to sign the required export health certificates for meat.

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has called on the government to instruct and pay vets employed by the Food Standards Agency or other government agencies to play a direct role in supporting the export certification process for products of animal origin.