NI Back On Foot-And-Mouth Alert

NORTHERN IRELAND - Agriculture Minister Michelle Gildernew is to brief the Executive on Northern Ireland's response to the latest foot-and-mouth outbreak in England.
calendar icon 13 September 2007
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She has already ordered a ban on the movement of cattle, pigs, goats and sheep from Britain.

Certain animal products including raw meat and unpasteurised milk are banned.

Disinfectant mats are also being placed at ports and airports. Ms Gildernew said everything was being done to keep the disease out of Northern Ireland.

Livestock imports from England to Ireland were halted on Wednesday after the disease outbreak in Surrey.

Mrs Gildernew said the priority was to trace imports of livestock from Britain in recent days.

She said veterinary staff were working to trace and inspect 65 consignments of live animals.


Clinicial inspections should be completed by the end of the day.

It is the first meeting of the Executive since the Assembly returned from its summer break.

Source: BBC news
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