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05/01/2018 - 17:06hs

Brazil to be declared foot-and-mouth-free

The Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture is expecting the World Organisation for Animal Health to recognize the status in May, during a meeting in Paris.

São Paulo – The Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply said this Friday (5) that Brazil will likely be recognized by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) as foot-and-mouth disease-free. The move is expected to come at an OIE meeting in Paris next May, and the Ministry hopes it will pave the way for Brazilian meats into new markets.

The Ministry said no cases of foot-and-mouth were reported in the last 11 years in Brazil. The disease’s eradication process was completed last year, with the states of Amapá, Roraima, much of Amazonas and protected areas in Pará were declared free zones where vaccination is practised. Santa Catarina is a free zone where vaccination is not practiced.

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum

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