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Animal exports resume to EU following control of foot and mouth disease

23rd August 2007

Region: National

Animal exports resume to EU following control of foot and mouth disease

It has been agreed this morning that live animals and meat products can be exported from outside of the Surveillance Zone in Surrey from Saturday 25th August to the rest of the European Union with additional veterinary supervision and certification.

Secretary of State for Environment, Hilary Benn said: “This is a clear demonstration of the confidence which our European colleagues have in the disease control measures that we have taken in this outbreak. I would like to thank the Chief Veterinary Officer and her team, Animal Health, Local Authorities, industry partners and farmers, and all those involved in this outbreak for their rapid response, hard work, and vigilance. Co-operation, and partnership working have been key to achieving this outcome.”

Alongside this resumption of exports the GB wide movement ban on live animals will be lifted from midnight tonight (23rd) outside of the Surveillance Zone in Surrey. However, as a precautionary measure the following restrictions will remain in place:

· Animals will need to remain on the premises they moved to for 20 days before being moved again, the only exceptions to this will be movements within the same holding of less than 8km, and movements direct to slaughter.

· Animal markets, shows and gatherings are currently prohibited except in the case of collection centres for dispatch to slaughter. This prohibition remains in place pending further announcements. In addition the two 3km radius Protection Zones in Surrey will be lifted at noon tomorrow (24th). The Chief Veterinary Officer has decided that as a precaution a 5km radius Temporary Pirbright Biosecurity Area will be put in place around the Pirbright site. The 10km radius Surveillance Zone will remain in place.

Chief Veterinary Officer, Debby Reynolds said: ”The temporary area is a precautionary measure where we will be working with animal keepers and vets to ensure enhanced vigilance is maintained as we await the conclusions of the HSE investigation and the findings of the independent review led by Professor Brian Spratt.”

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