EU bans beef from Northern Argentina

September 10, 2003, The European Union has instated a ban on imports of northern Argentinian beef after several cases of foot-and-mouth disease were discovered there last week.

The European Commission said EU veterinary experts had made the decision after pigs in the northern province of Salta were found to have the disease. Neighboring Paraguay has also been experiencing problems with the disease.

Fresh beef exports from Salta and neighbouring Formosa have been banned.

Argentine authorities are carrying out an animal vaccination programme and have halted the transport of animals in an attempt to stop the spread of the highly contagious disease, reported Reuters.

"Meat from other regions of Argentina which are free of FMD can continue to be imported into the EU," the European Commission said