Schmallenberg: Uruguay Bans EU Genetics

URUGUAY - The Uruguay Ministry of Agriculture has temporarily suspended the imports of genetic material from European countries due to the outbreak of Schmallenberg virus.
calendar icon 21 March 2012
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In 2011, Uruguay imported a total of 65,626 doses of semen from France, Italy, Holland, England, Denmark, Sweden, Germany and Spain. The largest volume of imports accounted for Holstein dairy cattle semen, from the Netherlands.

The Ministry of Agriculture said that the suspension of imports of genetic materials would continue until it had been scientifically proven that they were not a carrier of the virus.

Last week the US placed additional restrictions on shipments of ruminant semen and embryos (germplasm) originating from the European Union in response to Schmallenberg.

Further Reading

- Find out more information on Schmallenberg by clicking here.

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