Live animal and meat product exports from United Kingdom to the rest of the European Union have received a green light and can resume from outside the country’s foot-and-mouth disease surveillance zone, according to Secretary of State for Environment, Hilary Benn. “This is a clear demonstration of the confidence which our European colleagues have in the disease control measures that we have taken in this outbreak. Cooperation, and partnership working have been key to achieving this outcome.”

However, as a precautionary measure the following restrictions will remain in place:

  • Animals will need to remain on the premises they moved to for 20 days before being moved again.
  • Animal markets, shows and gatherings are currently prohibited except in the case of collection centers for dispatch to slaughter. This prohibition remains in place pending further announcements.

The 10km radius surveillance zone, around the Pirbright site where the outbreak occurred, will remain in place.

Source: The