UK: pigs can soon be transported again
Pending no further FMD outbreaks, pigs in most of
Britain will be allowed to be transported again as of Wednesday, October 17, the
British Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
This decision coincides with Defra's intention to lift the Foot-and-Mouth
Disease (FMD) restriction zone in the area in South England that was struck by
FMD in August and September. On altogether eight beef farms FMD was
This decision has been taken following extensive
surveillance in the area, and is in line with EU rules, according to
Government deputy chief vet
Fred Landeg announced the plan to end the zone and allow free movement of
livestock outside the UK zone following extended surveillance and the agreement
of EU vets.
The area around Egham will be kept under close watch,
with tests and surveillance expected to continue until at least November 5 and
movement of animals from inside the zone will be kept under
"We are well aware of the economic
impacts of movement restrictions and the removal of the UK movement ban, outside
of the Foot-and-Mouth Disease risk area, should help the farming industry to get
back to business as usual," Landeg said.
He added, "The resumption of markets and movements to a
larger number of slaughterhouses should also ease the impact felt by farmers
within the Bluetongue zones."
"Throughout the outbreak we have acted on the evidence, keeping controls
proportionate to the disease risk.
"We will continue to
work in partnership with the farming industry to review the size of the movement
restrictions in place and to look at any measures we can take to relieve the
burden on farmers and businesses wherever the risk level permits."
The relaxation of the measures comes at the
time when the EU is allowing meat imports from Scotland, Wales and parts of
England in the wake of the bluetongue and Foot-and-Mouth Disease
Farmers in areas considered at low risk from both diseases
- which excludes parts of south-east England and East Anglia - can resume
The National Farmers' Union estimates the farming sector has
lost more than Â£100 million (€144 million) since the first FMD outbreak in
â€¢ National Farmers' Union
â€¢ Department of Environment, Food and Rural
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