EU lifts foot and mouth ban for parts of Argentina

January 12, 2005, as reported by just-food.com: After banning meat from Argentina for over a year the European Union is ready to begin once again accepting some meat from the region. The ban was a result of an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in the Argentinean province of Salta in September 2003. At that time the importation into the EU of de-boned and maturated bovine meat from the four provinces was suspended.

The EU’s Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health has agreed to a European Commission proposal to resume the importation of de-boned and maturated bovine meat from the provinces of Formosa, Salta, Chaco and Jujuy in Argentina.

The Commission proposal cited no new outbreaks and successful inspection missions carried out in 2004 as evidence that the situation has been normalized in the area.

In order to avoid the risk of the spread of FMD from Bolivia and Paraguay into Argentina, a buffer zone of 25 kilometers along the border with these two countries has been created by the Argentinean authorities. Imports from this buffer zone remain suspended.