New Zealand Increases Vigilance Against Foot and Mouth Disease

Biosecurity New Zealand Deputy Director General Stuart Anderson said the government increased vigilance against Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) even if there were no reports of a heightened risk of FMD in the country yet. 

“We have among the strictest import health standards and biosecurity settings in the world for pork and other meat products coming into New Zealand,” Anderson said

According to Anderson, the government has recalled imported dried ‘pork floss,’ the same product type the Australian officials found a trace of a viral fragment. 

Anderson said pork floss could be legally imported to New Zealand and Australia if it follows strict import health standards, such as the use of heat treatment. 

Earlier, Agriculture and Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor announced further measures to protect New Zealand against FMD, including using foot mats with disinfecting chemicals for arrivals from Indonesia, awareness campaigns for travelers to Indonesia, and an FMD Readiness Taskforce. 

“I call on everyone to be vigilant in playing their part to protect New Zealand’s economic security,” O’Connor said. 

Anderson also said that the government imposed strict regulations at New Zealand borders to prevent FMD from entering the country. 

“We are committed to constantly reassessing our multi-layered biosecurity settings as we have done in recent weeks with regard to FMD. Those settings include risk assessments of all arrivals and cargo, 100% screening of all checked-in and cabin baggage, detector dogs, and very strong import health standards,” Anderson said. 

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