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New meat ban as foot and mouth returns to England

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New meat ban as foot and mouth returns to England


The virulent cattle disease foot and mouth has broken out again in England. The Agriculture Ministry confirmed the outbreak at a farm west of London, and banned all movement of cows, sheep and pigs. EU spokesman Michael Mann said it means a renewed ban on British meat exports.

Police enforced an exclusion zone around the affected farm at Egham in Surrey. Another alert was reported in Norfolk, and there were concerns about a sheep at a livestock show in Scotland. That was later dismissed. Vet Nick Blayney says it’s a disaster for the British agriculture industry.

The latest outbreak follows last month’s crisis when hundreds of cattle were slaughtered. Britain suffered a crippling outbreak of foot and mouth in 2001, when more than six million animals were slaughtered, costing the economy more than 12 billion euros.

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