EU bans UK exports due to FMD outbreak

EU - The European Commission has now banned all UK exports of live animals, as well as meat and dairy products, after Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) was found on a UK farm last Friday, according to Forbes magazine.
calendar icon 6 August 2007
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The ban follows a UK voluntary suspension, instigated last week.

The move is likely to have a massive effect on the food industry, who could lose millions of pounds a week if the ban stays in place for any longer than a few days.

According to Forbes magazine, Belgium, France, Ireland and the Netherlands all banned imports from the UK before the EU decision took place, and have already started to carry out checks on animals brought in from Britain in the last fortnight.

Outside the EU, Singapore has banned meat imports from Britain including pork, mutton and beef, while the US has put a ban on pork and swine products, the magazine said.

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