County Cattle Restricted from US

US - Cattle from the English County, Surrey, has been restricted from entering the United States after a Foot and Mouth outbreak caused havoc there during the summer.
calendar icon 31 January 2008
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In August 2007, The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), placed restrictions and prohibitions, depending on the type of product and level of processing, on the importation of products from the United Kingdom derived from FMD-susceptible species following the confirmation of the disease in Surrey County.

After evaluating the overall FMD situation in the United Kingdom, APHIS has decided to localise the restrictions to just Surrey County after finding that FMD is not known to exist outside of the county. According to APHIS the United Kingdom has also established movement barriers to prevent the spread of FMD from Surrey County whilst maintaining a surveillance system capable of detecting the disease should it spread.

As a result of this interim rule, the importation of any ruminant or swine, as well as fresh (chilled or frozen) meat or animal products of any ruminant or swine from Surrey County into the United States is restricted.

A press release from the United States Department of Agriculture said that APHIS recognises that the United Kingdom immediately responded to the detection of the disease in Surrey County and ensured that it did not spread beyond its borders. "Due to these efforts, APHIS will reassess the situation in accordance with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) standards at a future date."

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