France carries out checks on animals from Britain

6th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Aug 4, 2007 (AFP) - The French agriculture ministry on Saturday announced that it would carry out checks on cattle, pigs, sheep and goats imported from Britain in the past 10 days in response to the confirmed outbreak of food and mouth disease there.

PARIS, Aug 4, 2007 (AFP) - The French agriculture ministry on Saturday announced that it would carry out checks on cattle, pigs, sheep and goats imported from Britain in the past 10 days in response to the confirmed outbreak of food and mouth disease there.

The ministry said it had alerted all regional services, particularly veterinary services, to visit the farms concerned in order to establish that the disease is not present.

While the checks are being carried out, the ministry has barred any movement of cattle, pigs, sheep or goats, which could lay them susceptible to contracting the disease. The only movement not included in this measure will be animals going for slaughter.

The ministry also called on farmers to maintain "the highest level of vigilance" for any suspect case of the disease.

In Britain a nationwide ban on moving moving sheep, cattle and pigs swung into action immediately on Friday after an outbreak of the highly contagious disease was confirmed on a farm near Guildford, southwest of London.

AFP

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