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Namibia bans South African meat imports after foot and mouth outbreak in Limpopo

Namibia bans South African meat imports after foot and mouth outbreak in Limpopo

Following the recent confirmed outbreak of foot and mouth disease (FMD) in South Africa’s Limpopo Province, the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry has issued an immediate suspension of imports and in-transit movement of cloven-hoofed animals and their products from South Africa.

The disease was detected in the Vhembe District of the Limpopo Province in the foot and mouth disease free zone and reported to the World Health Organisation on 7 January. As a result, the official FMD free zone status of South Africa is temporarily suspended.

According to a statement by the agriculture ministry, all previously issued import and in-transit permits are cancelled and recalled. Thus, importers are urged to contact the Veterinary/Export Office for further information.

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