China bans British meat, animals after foot and mouth outbreak

China bans British meat, animals after foot and mouth outbreak
AFP
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First Published: Wed, Aug 08 2007. 10 45 AM IST
Updated: Wed, Aug 08 2007. 10 45 AM IST
eijing: China has banned the import of foodstuffs containing beef, pork, lamb, as well as those of live animals from Britain after outbreaks of foot and mouth disease there, Chinese state media said.
The ban was announced in a joint statement from the agriculture ministry and quarantine authority, the People’s Daily reported on 8 August.
The first outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Britain since 2001 has prompted governments in a number of countries in Europe and beyond to take measures to prevent its spread.
Foot and mouth is a highly contagious viral disease among animals, which does not generally cause death but can hit milk and meat production.
China has occasionally reported outbreaks of foot and mouth disease, including one at a farm in its northwestern province of Gansu in January this year.
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