Verburg lifts FMD measures
23 August 2007, THE HAGUE – Agriculture Minister Gerda Verburg announced on Thursday that all the measures taken in early August to prevent an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the Netherlands have been lifted.
23 August 2007
THE HAGUE – Agriculture Minister Gerda Verburg announced on Thursday that all the measures taken in early August to prevent an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the Netherlands have been lifted.
The ministry said on Thursday that all livestock transports from Great Britain would still be subject to extra cleaning. Livestock markets may be held once again now that the restrictions have been lifted.
Verburg says that all the animals that have come to the Netherlands from Great Britain since 1 June have now been inspected. None showed any symptoms of FMD.
Just over 30 Dutch cattle companies are still awaiting the results of blood tests and will remain blocked until they get the all clear. The ministry expects these results will be ready in two weeks' time at the latest.
Verburg is lifting the restrictions because the FMD outbreak in the UK is now under control. The EU decided on Thursday that the UK may resume the export of animals, meat and animal products from Saturday. Trade was suspended after the FMD virus was found at two farms in Surrey.
More than 570 animals were culled and destroyed at the farms. A much larger FMD outbreak in 2001 resulted in the culling of 6 million animals.
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Subject: Dutch news