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Mozambique bans imports of South African meat

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Staff Writer | September 5, 2017
The Mozambican authorities have banned the import of South African meat, following an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the South African province of Limpopo.
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The National Veterinary Directorate, in the Ministry of Agriculture, decreed the ban on Thursday.

A spokesperson for the Directorate told reporters that although the outbreak began on August 24, the South African authorities only notified it on Wednesday.

The Mozambican ban covers live cattle, pigs, goats and sheep, and meat and by-products from these animals. The import of livestock fodder from South Africa is also banned.

The ban does not cover pasteurized products (milk, cheese, yoghurt or cream). Also exempt from the ban are heat processed meat products (such as canned meats).

The Veterinary Services have ordered increased vigilance in the districts bordering on South Africa, to prevent infected animals or meat from entering Mozambique.

The ban could have a serious impact on meat consumption in southern Mozambique, since Mozambique’s own livestock producers cannot possibly meet the demand for meat. Maputo, in particular, has long been dependent on imports of South African meat.