Demand for kangaroo meat will rise by 20 per cent in the near future, The Kangaroo Industry Association of Australia reported this week.. Exports are on the up, helped considerably by consumer fears over meat safety, most recently concerning foot-and-mouth disease. Europe is the largest export market, accounting for approximately 80 per cent of total export sales. Kangaroo is considered one of the healthier red meats, as it is relatively lean and high in iron and protein. To protect its livestock industry from foot and mouth disease, Australia has joined around 90 countries in banning meat and dairy imports from the EU. Passengers arriving at international airports from France and the UK are already subject to special security checks.