Argentina closer to FMD-free status
Argentina expects to be declared free of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) before
the end of this year, the nation's top animal health official said last week.
On December 6th, a mission
from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) will visit Argentina to
inspect progress made against FMD
outbreak in the northern province of Corrientes in February.
"We expect that Argentina will be certified as FMD-free with vaccination
after that mission," said Jorge Dillon, director of Animal Health for
Argentina's national animal and food inspection agency, SENASA.
An FMD-free status would also improve the country's
ability of exporting pork
This year's outbreak led many countries
to block Argentine beef imports, although Singapore, Chile, Uruguay and Angola
have recently lifted the import bans.
In 2003, Argentina joined forces with neighbouring countries to set up a
commission to coordinate efforts to combat animal health problems in South
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