Two more weeks of pig export bans for UK
The ban on exports of pigs, pork and other meat from Great Britain to
other countries in the European Union will most probably be extended for the
next two weeks.
That was the result of a meeting of veterinary experts in Brussels
A ban was imposed on all exports - including pork - due to
two outbreaks of Foot and Mouth Disease
(FMD) at cattle farms in the county of
Surrey last week.
FMD affects not only cattle, but also pigs, sheep
The vets unanimously voted in
favour of continuation the export ban, however, they can relieve any measures if
they feel circumstances allow this.
At August 23, the vets will meet
again to discuss further measures.
The British government decided
that farmers in the UK are allowed to transport livestock to slaughterhouses
again as from today - strict rules apply
Only in the security zone near Pirbright
in Surrey any livestock transports remain forbidden.
The cause of the
outbreak still remains unclear. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is doing
more research into this.
â€¢ Health and Safety Executive
â€¢ European Union
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