The European Commission has been informed of an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in pigs in Argentina. As a result, the EU Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health has voted in favour of a Commission proposal to suspend the importation into the EU of de-boned and maturated bovine meat from a number of Argentinean departments.
These include Formosa, Rivadavia, Oran, Iruya and Santa Victoria in the province of Salta. Meat from other regions of Argentina, which are free of FMD, can continue to be imported into the EU in accordance with existing import rules.
The outbreak in the province of Salta lies close to the border with Paraguay and Bolivia. Argentinean authorities have reacted immediately to avoid the possible spread of the disease into other Argentinean territories.
A programme of vaccination has been initiated and a ban of the movement of animals in the affected areas has been implemented.