11 January 2019
THE Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement suspends the importation of live cloven-hoofed animals and related products following an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in South Africa.
In a statement, The Ministry highlighted that the products have been suspended with immediate effect.
“This position has been taken following an outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) affecting the non-vaccination disease free zone in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, reported on January 7.
“The control of Food and Mouth Disease involves implementation of trade restrictions. Consequently, all import permits that had been issued before January 9 and not used, are hereby cancelled.
“In line with the Animal Health Act CAP 19:01, the issuance of permits is a mandatory requirement for the importation of all animals and animal products. Any import application will now be considered on a case by case basis depending on the risk,” read the statement.
The ministry also stressed that the Department of Veterinary Service will monitor the condition.
“Towards normalizing trade with South Africa in these commodities, the Veterinary department continues to monitor the situation, in view of progress to be made in the control of the outbreak.”