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Argentina to step up kosher meat exports as delegation arrives from Israel

08 June 2020

Argentina pledges to step up exports of kosher beef after 98 rabbis fly into the country from Israel after COVID-19 travel restrictions were lifted.

Reuters reports that Argentina’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Friday saying that the rabbis arrived from 1 to 5 June on a chartered flight from Tel Aviv.

The rabbis were needed to maintain beef exports to key buyer Israel, which has become increasingly important as exports to the European Union and China are hit by the global health crisis.

"The first thing you have to understand is the importance of exports," Foreign Minister Felipe Sola said in the statement. "We celebrate having been able to accelerate the arrival of the rabbis to certify beef."

Argentina is the world's fifth largest beef exporter and Israel is the number 3 buyer of its famously succulent cuts.

Argentina will ship 24,000 tonnes of beef to Israel in 2020, for a value of about $170 million.

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