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Agriculture: Fallen Stock

Volume 689: debated on Tuesday 20 February 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 10 January (WA 88), whether they have considered the possibility that the collection of diseased sheep from farms may spread disease, bearing in mind the transmission of disease by vehicles and people during the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in 2001. [HL2041]

Yes, biosecurity considerations are always at the forefront of animal health and welfare policies.

The State Veterinary Service, on behalf of the National Fallen Stock Company Limited (NFSC), is carrying out an audit function of specific National Fallen Stock Scheme (NFSS) requirements at each registered plant and with each registered collector. This is to ensure they comply both with the provisions of the regulations and supplementary provisions required by the NFSC. These provisions include requirements for robust biosecurity measures in relation to the suitability of vehicles and procedures for their cleansing and disinfection when transporting fallen stock.