- Following the confirmation of an outbreak of the mad cow disease in the United Kingdom’s southern region, South African government has announced the indefinite suspension of imported meat products from the United Kingdom.
The news was relayed by the South African Ministry of Agriculture on Monday.
On Friday, the UK officials imposed a ban on the movement of all livestock after the confirmation of the foot and mouth disease in a herd in Surrey, the south of the country. The UK officials expressed concern over the mad cow disease.
The Agricultural Ministry has confirmed that “until further notice, no veterinary import permits will be issued for cloven-hoofed animals and products derived thereof, originating from the United Kingdom.” All unused permits have been cancelled.
Besides, all consignments of imported meat products from the UK will not be allowed entry into South Africa.
Apart from products with clean bill of international health requirements, all animal products from UK will not enter into South Africa.
The suspension is expected to create meat shortage in South Africa.
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