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China lifts UK FMD import restrictions

This article was originally published in Dairy Markets

The British Embassy in Beijing received confirmation on August 7 from the Chinese authorities that the restrictions on imports of UK livestock and livestock products, related to last year's outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), have been lifted. Noting that the OIE ( World Organisation for Animal Health) has already recognised the UK as free from FMD without vaccination, the Chinese Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) said, following the result of China's own risk assessment of the UK FMD situation, the importation of cloven hoofed animals and their products is allowed again. The UK agriculture department ( Defra) pointed out that product currently held in storage would still not be admitted. It said export health certificates for breeding pigs, skins, hides, greasy wool and dairy products would be made available as soon as possible.

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