France takes preventive measures over foot-and-mouth disease

FRANCE - The French Ministry of Agriculture announced a series of precautionary measures Saturday to prevent the foot-and-mouth disease from entering the country after reports of an outbreak in England were confirmed reports Xinhua.
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The measures included a comprehensive calculation of the cattle, pigs, sheep and other cloven-hoofed animals imported from Britain over the past 10 days; compulsory visits by vets to all cattles showing suspected symptoms; a ban on the herding of all cloven-hoofed livestock which are easy to catch the foot-and-mouth disease, before the calculation work is finished; and a timely adjustment of the measures in accordance with changes in the disease situation.

The ministry stressed that when Britain was last hit by the foot-and-mouth disease in 2001, the French livestock industry was well protected from the disease thanks to a series of effective measures they had taken.

The French Livestock Husbandry Association has expressed support for the government's measures, calling them necessary steps against the spread of the foot-and-mouth disease and urging livestock breeders to obey related government decisions although they may somewhat affect their livestock exports.

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