Kendall Says Government FMD response was ‘disproportionate’

UK - NFU President Peter Kendall has told the Anderson Inquiry into the handling of last year’s foot-and-mouth outbreak that the Government’s response was ‘disproportionate’.
calendar icon 24 January 2008
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He said the 2007 outbreak was handled ‘much better’ than the one in 2001. “There were a number of factors that made it, objectively, a much easier incident to deal with. It was detected earlier, there had been few animal movements, and it was, therefore, localised.”

But he added “In the 2001 outbreak, it was evident the authorities had, at least in the initial period, done too little.

“This time the question must be asked whether the authorities did too much. An outbreak in which there were only eight infected premises, confined to a small area in Surrey, led to prolonged restrictions throughout the country with a cost to farmers of more than £100m and a cost to the public purse of £47m. This seems disproportionate.”

Source: FarmersGuardian
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