Updated Timetable For Return To FMD-Free Status

UK - The timetable for the UK’s return to foot and mouth disease (FMD) free status has been updated.
calendar icon 5 September 2007
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As previously stated, the 10-kilometre Surveillance Zone in Surrey will be lifted on 8 September at the earliest, subject to no further changes in the disease situation.

The remaining restrictions outside the Surveillance Zone will also be removed on this same day. These restrictions are:

  • 20-day standstill for livestock
  • A more restrictive requirement for movements within Single Occupancy Authority in England and Wales
  • Suspension of the separation arrangements that normally apply in Scotland
  • Additional requirements for livestock markets and shows.

On exports, the Commission Decision adopted on 23 August lapses on 15 September. There is a possibility that this could be revoked earlier, but it will not be before the Surveillance Zone is lifted. The additional veterinary Certification required for animals and their products dispatched to the European Union will remain a requirement until the Decision falls..

The earliest date for the UK to regain internationally-recognised FMD-free status is 7 November, three months after the last case. Restrictions on direct exports of livestock from the former Surveillance Zone will remain in place until this status has been regained.

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