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Gildernew moves to prevent FMD spreading

12 September, 2007


Sinn Féin Agriculture Minister Michelle Gildernew has halted the import of livestock from Britain to north of Ireland after another suspected outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in Surrey.

The suspected infection was expected to be confirmed later this afternoon.

One shipment of cattle has already been returned and Michelle Gildernew has confirmed that other export licences had been withdrawn and disinfectant mats placed at airports and ports.

Ms Gildernew said:

"I have taken a number of steps in terms of pre-emptive and precautionary actions.

"This is hugely disappointing news for the industry.

"I am meeting senior officials in the department and have worked with counterparts in Dublin.

"There will be a return to the 'Fortress Ireland' approach which prevented the disease spreading the last time it was detected in August." ENDS

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