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Brazil's Cross-Border Plan to Eradicate Foot-and-Mouth

29 August 2008

BRAZIL - Despite being locked out of 56 per cent of the world’s beef importing counties because of foot-and-mouth disease – including the lucrative markets of South Korea and Japan – Brazil still accounts for 32 per cent of the world’s beef export.

JBS-Swift the Brazilian beef packer, recently acquired National Beef and Smithfield Group’s beef division in the United States, along with the Tasman Meat Group in Australia. This makes them the world’s largest beef producer, handling 10 per cent of the cattle slaughtered in the world.

However, Brazil, unlike Australia or New Zealand, is not protected by coastline. It shares land borders with 10 different countries and viruses do not respect land borders – this has been the Achilles heel of Brazil in regard to foot-and-mouth.

Brazil is sending veterinary officers to improve the sanitary status of its neighbours, in an attempt to eradicate the foot-and-mouth problem at its source and is donating vaccinations and technology in a giant project that it hopes will eventually clear the entire South American continent of the disease within seven years.

In a bid to open up new and lucrative markets, work is under way in building roads to connect Brazil with Pacific ports.

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Source: Framers Guardian


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