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Foot and Mouth Disease

Ban Lifted on Beef Imports From Argentina, Brazil

On Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced it is lifting a ban on beef imports from Northern Argentina and 14 of Brazil’s 27 states. But the changes in regulation have some concerned about the risk of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). The agency concluded that Argentina and Brazil are… Continue Reading

Foot & Mouth May Taint South Korean Bottled Water

The latest outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease have already cost South Korea $2.6 billion, and the latest victim could be its bottled water industry. South Korea has been dealing with the highly contagious and sometimes fatal disease since late in 2010.  Cloven-hoofed animals, including pigs, sheep, and goats, are the target of the disease. It usually does not… Continue Reading

North Korea May Need Emergency Food Supplies

United Nations food agencies are assessing whether to begin an emergency operation in North Korea to help millions of people at risk of hunger, according to an Agence France-Presse report. North Korea made the formal request, Radio Australia News reported. The country has been hit hard by a harsh winter, the increase in global food… Continue Reading

Vaccine Sent for South Korea’s FMD Outbreak

The North American Foot-and-Mouth Disease Vaccine Bank, administered jointly by commissioners from the United States, Canada and Mexico, is providing the Republic of Korea with foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) vaccine needed to assist the country with its ongoing FMD outbreak. The bank will provide the antigen needed to manufacture 2.5 million doses of vaccine to inoculate… Continue Reading

Groups Urge Plan Reversal for Brazilian Beef

On Monday, thirty-two groups filed a joint letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) urging both agencies to abandon plans to relax U.S. foot-and-mouth disease restrictions with regards to Brazilian beef and other livestock products. The letter came as a response to the joint news release issued by the agencies… Continue Reading