Mozambique bans imports of Zimbabwe animal products

Mozambique’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on Wednesday banned the import from Zimbabwe of animals, and products and by-products of animal origin, due to the resurgence of foot-and-mouth disease in that country.

The measure aims to prevent the infection of Mozambican cattle by contaminated Zimbabwean animals and products.

The Mozambican government reacted after an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease was declared in Mashonaland Central Province, Mbire district, which borders Mozambique, as notified by the Zimbabwe Tax Authority last Friday, 27 May.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, through the National Directorate of Livestock Development, banned, this Wednesday, the import of fodder, animals, animal products, by-products from cattle, goats, pigs, sheep and wild animals with cloven hooves.

Among other measures is the inspection of the movement of animals and targeted products along the main borders and other points of road entry into the country.

Visual inspection and examination of the oral cavity and hooves of all cattle, goats, sheep and pigs on a monthly basis will be mandatory in all Mozambican districts bordering Zimbabwe.

Foot-and-mouth is a serious and highly contagious viral disease that prevents the commercialization of animals, their products and by-products.

However, the importing of pasteurised dairy products such as milk, cheese, yoghourt and cream, and of processed meats such as canned meat and sausages, together with trophies and pharmaceutical substances, is not prohibited, according to the statement seen by ‘O País’.

Source: O País.

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