Many trade partners of South Africa have relaxed restrictions on the export of country’s meat products, which was previously partly banned due to the foot and mouth outbreak, registered in Limpopo.
According to a statement made by minister Senzeni Zokwana, having intervened, the government and industry made it possible to control the spread of the serious disease.
“Trade in safe commodities to direct neighbouring countries have largely been accepted and, where necessary, negotiation of new health certificates is underway,” he added.
The foot and mouth disease (FMD) affects livestock, especially cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, and is characterized as a highly contagious virus-based illness. Approximately 15 000 animals, kept in Limpopo rural villages, were diagnosed with FMD during the January outbreak in the province.
The disease can also be spread by residents if they have recently eaten meat products, which, in turn, have not undergone temperature treatment.