|September 10, 2003, just-food.com:
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
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