UK: compensation for FMD is a difficult story
Obtaining damages as a consequence of the 'double'
Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) outbreak in the south of England could become a
difficult matter for many UK producers.
It is thought that one of the outbreaks last August in the county of Surrey
might have been caused by one of two laboratories in Pirbright - however, it
could be hard to prove that in court when it comes down to individual cases.
Julie Robinson, National Farmers' Union (NFU) chief legal advisor told
Farmers Guardian that it is likely lawyers can prove that the outbreak was
caused by a Pirbright laboratory.
It would also take a 'big step in law', however,
to recover damages through the courts for farmers who have suffered losses due
to movement restrictions and the export ban, she said.
Robinson told the NFU council that the first stage was to establish who was
in a position to claim from either Merial, the Institute for Animal Health, or
Defra over biosecurity lapses at Pirbright that caused the outbreak.
Altogether eight cattle premises were included in the FMD outbreaks in August
and September of this year. The outbreaks mainly caused British livestock
industry to come to a standstill as a consequence of transportation and export
â€¢ Institiute for Animal Health
â€¢ Department of Food, Rural Affairs and
â€¢ Farmers Guardian
â€¢ National Farmers'
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