Friday 26 August 2011
The US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) yesterday released a risk analysis concerning the foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) status of Japan and the risk of susceptible animals and animal products from Japan harboring the FMD virus.
This risk analysis examines the events that occurred during and after the 2010 FMD outbreaks in Japan and assesses the risk of live animals and animal products from Japan harboring the FMD virus. It will serve as the basis for APHIS’ determination whether to reinstate Japan to the list of regions free of FMD and rinderpest and the list of regions considered free of FMD and rinderpest but from which the importation of meat and other animal products of ruminants and swine into the United States is subject to additional restrictions. It will also serve as the basis for APHIS’ determination whether to allow the resumption of the importation of whole cuts of boneless beef from Japan.
Other ruminant meat and meat byproducts, as well as fresh pork, live ruminants, and live swine, would remain prohibited...
Source: newsroom - farmingnewsdaily.co.uk
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