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EU thumbs-up for some UK meat exports

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EU thumbs-up for some UK meat exports


European Union vets have given the go ahead for a partial resumption of fresh meat exports from the UK, despite an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in southern England.

The European Commission is to allow exports from farms at least 200 km away from the scene of the current outbreak in Surrey, but they would would be subject to strict animal health conditions.

The vets say animals would have to have been kept on the same farm for 30 days before slaughter, and three weeks before they are moved, no new susceptible livestock must be brought in.

At the abbattoir, they must be checked for signs of foot and mouth before and after slaughter.

Permission to export comes into force next week, but will be withdrawn of there are any foot-and-mouth cases found outside the current 200 km safety zone.

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