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DAFF FMD Press Release 24 August 2007 24 August 2007

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry is pleased to announce the lifting of Foot and Mouth controls at ports and the airport with effect from midnight tonight, Friday, August 24, 2007.

Further to the successful containment of Foot and Mouth disease in Surrey, England, portal controls to detect high risk individuals and personal meat imports are no longer required. In line with the European Commission decision of today, disinfection of vehicle tyres will no longer be carried out.

The import of horses returns to normal; current licences will be re-issued to exclude the recent increased certification requirements. The import of susceptible livestock (cattle, sheep, pigs) remains prohibited for the time being.

Agriculture Minister Phil Gawne MHK explained: ‘All available evidence indicates that the UK are well on the way to a successful eradication of this horrendous disease. Therefore we can relax all our specific Foot and Mouth on-island measures; however, farmers would be well advised to review their general bio-security policy. The recurrence of this disease reminds us that we should all pay very great attention to animal purchases, movements of livestock, farm personnel and control of everything that passes through the farm gate.

The Minister concluded: ‘I am very proud of, and thankful for, the public response to the threat of Foot and Mouth disease. I would also like to extend my sincerest thanks to all the staff of government involved in operations to keep this disease out, and thus maintain our countryside in its unparalleled beauty.

Further information can be obtained from the Animal Health website at

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