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Meat Wins Fans Abroad
May 7, 2015   
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Growing exports of pork and beef testify to the popularity of Polish meat abroad.

Red meat is a staple ingredient in the cuisines of many European countries and regions. Poles are particularly fond of pork, which is the basis of a wide range of traditional dishes, including pork chops—immensely popular in Poland.

Pork is particularly high in nutritious protein that also gives the meat its distinctive flavor and aroma.

Pork of the finest quality is produced in Poland under the Pork Quality System (PQS), which extends the shelf life of meat, makes it tastier and ensures that it is suitable for processing and cooking. Designed to produce meat of outstanding quality, Pork Quality System standards are applied throughout the production process, from pig breeding to trade in livestock and meat processing. Uniform procedures and standards apply at each production stage.

Polish pork is popular on many markets in Europe and beyond, making Poland one of the largest pork exporters in the EU.

Foreign consumers also like Polish beef, which largely owes its popularity to its quality and competitive prices. Beef is an important, natural source of healthy protein, iron, zinc and vitamin B complex. Beef is one of the most nutritious kinds of meat and, when appropriately prepared, it has a medium calorie content while supplying large amounts of protein. Beef protein has an optimum composition of exogenous amino acids, so it is particularly easily assimilated by humans. The main mineral components of beef are phosphorus and iron. Beef also contains vitamins B1 and B6.

While the best meat, according to dietitians, comes from animals of around two years of age, Polish stores also sell meat from older oxen, milking cows and calves. Beef of the highest quality is produced under the Quality Meat Program (QMP). Under EU and Polish legislation, this voluntary national program is open to all beef producers and other participants in the supply chain as long as they meet the program’s standards. QMP certificates enable consumers to track the origin of beef down to a specific cattle farm and even a specific cow.

Polish beef exports were stimulated when the country joined the EU in 2004. In the first year after accession, exports grew 70 percent, and in the decade that followed, exports of beef and veal more than tripled. Eighty percent of the meat is exported to other EU countries.
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