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Foot and Mouth and Bluetongue

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 6 December 2007

17. To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on the situation regarding foot and mouth disease and bluetongue disease. (171747)

Following extensive surveillance work, DEFRA lifted the foot and mouth disease (FMD) restricted zone on Monday 19 November. A Commission decision has allowed the establishment of FMD areas to enable the export of meat and meat products from much of GB.

There have been 66 confirmed cases of bluetongue since 28 September with the latest case on 3 December. However, the rate of new cases has stowed significantly and they have all been confined to the protection zone in the east and south east of England.