News the UK is now officially free of foot and mouth disease has
been greeted with delight by both the British Pig Executive (BPEX)
and the English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX).
But both stress this is a beginning not an end and the hard work
gets under way now restoring lost markets outside the EU and a
joint programme targeting 24 countries has been drawn up by BPEX,
EBLEX and Defra.
The UK has now regained its FMD-free status from
the all-important OIE (Office International des Epizooties) which
is recognised by Third Countries – trade
within the EU has already restarted.
Negotiations are then usually required with
individual countries to agree to reinstate health certificates
for trade in meat and livestock.
A huge programme
of work to regain lost ground is ready to roll out. BPEX and EBLEX
Export Manager Jean-Pierre Garnier said: “Third Country exports
are as varied as meat, offal, hides, casings and genetics and their
value is more than £70 million per year.
They are an important part of improving the sustainability of
our domestic livestock sector.”
BPEX Chairman Stewart Houston said: “Exports are
vital if we are to have a sustainable British pig industry and we will be working
extremely hard not only to regain lost markets but also to open new ones such
is particularly important at the moment as the industry is in crisis having to
cope with sky-high feed costs and static prices.”
John Cross said: "This is welcome news for the beef and lamb
sectors and provides our exporters with the opportunity to develop commercial
relationships in countries outside the EU."
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