'No further measures needed to stop spread of outbreak' - Coughlan

IRELAND - No further preventative measures are required to stop the spread into Ireland of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) despite confirmation of a second case in the UK, Agriculture Minister Mary Coughlan said yesterday.
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Ms Coughlan branded the latest outbreak on a farm near the original infection area in Surrey as disappointing but not surprising, given its proximity to the first site.

She met with senior figures from her department this afternoon.

A spokeswoman said: ``Having reviewed the latest position with her officials, she [Ms Coughlan] was satisfied that no further measures, other than those provided for in an EU Commission Decision adopted yesterday, were required at this time.''

A complete ban is to be maintained on the importation from Britain of cattle, sheep, pigs and goats, meat and meat products, milk and dairy products and some other animal products.

In certain cases some meat and dairy products may be exported from Britain if accompanied by a health certificate.

``With regard to Northern Ireland, a system of certification will apply in relation to the importation of live animals, meat and meat products, milk and dairy products as well as other animal products,'' the spokeswoman added.

``Any live animals or products being imported from tomorrow will have to be accompanied by the appropriate certificate and three days notice of animal imports is required.''

Ms Coughlan said yesterday the Foot and Mouth scare would not lead to the cancellation of major agriculture shows, such as the Dublin Horse Show due to begin tomorrow and the Tullamore Livestock Show.

However horses travelling to Ireland from Britain must be accompanied by an animal health certificate, although those travelling from the north would be excluded from this requirement.

Source: Belfast Telegraph
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