Malaysia lifts suspension on Australian live cattle imports

Imports were paused when lumpy skin disease was discovered
calendar icon 6 September 2023
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Malaysia has lifted an order to suspend the imports of live cattle and buffalo from Australia, Reuters reported, citing Malaysia's department of veterinary services on Wednesday.

Malaysia paused imports last month as a precautionary measure after lumpy skin disease was detected in a small number of cattle from Australia upon arrival in neighbouring Indonesia.

The decision to lift the suspension was made after Malaysia received a full investigation report from Australian authorities, and discussions between the two countries, the department said on Wednesday.

The disease, which causes blisters and reduces milk production, is transmitted by insect bites, is highly infectious and affects cattle and buffalo. It poses no risk to humans.

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