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EU Questions UK Stratergy

14 March 2008

UK - A war of words has broken out over Defra’s bluetongue strategy, with a leading association of European vets claiming it would not be sufficient to halt the spread of disease.

The criticism came from the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE), which accused Defra of ‘cost cutting’ on vaccination, and claimed the strategy would not be effective in controlling the disease.

However, the claims have been strongly refuted by the Government’s acting chief veterinary officer Fred Landeg, who has called for the federation to ‘publicly retract’ its statement.

FVE president, Walter Winding said the UK approach ‘was probably driven by a strong desire to cut costs, and had little to do with animal health and welfare.’


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