The world’s veterinary organization reported earlier this month that the African country of Namibia experienced another outbreak of foot and mouth disease (FMD) in cattle.
This, after a shipment of 25 tons of Namibian beef arrived on U.S. shores in April of this year, had at least one cattle organization upset.
“NCBA calls on USDA to investigate and reaffirm the efficacy of Namibia’s cordon fence, security of Namibia’s buffer zone and surrounding FMD protocols, and if found deficient, USDA must take immediate action to suspend imports from Namibia in order to ensure the continued safety of U.S. cattle and beef,” said National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Vice President of Government Affairs, Ethan Lane in a recent news release.
R-CALF USA animal health committee chair Dr. Max Thornsberry of Richland, Mo., said that Namibia is not a FMD-free country, but the majority of the country was considered FMD-free because of a fence across the northern tier of the nation.
The veterinarian points out that FMD is a very contagious disease and also that undeveloped countries do not have the capabilities to carry out animal health procedures that U.S. producers do.
“They aren’t FMD free. If they were, they wouldn’t have had an outbreak,” he said.
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