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Russia Ends Six Year Colombia FMD Ban

28 May 2015

COLOMBIA – Russian food health authority Rosselkhoznadzor has lifted a foot and mouth disease ban imposed on a Colombian region since 2009.

Beef, lamb, pork and dairy products from the southern district of Narino have Russian market access, the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) has been notified.

Other regions were not covered by the ban, which exported a combined 1303 tonnes of beef to Russia in 2014.

ICA general manager, Luis Humberto Martinez Lacoutre, said the announcement reflects “good relation and trust between the countries.”

He added: "The removal of this restriction is a new opportunity for livestock producers in Nariño, because from this moment Colombia will export products from this region.”

Vaccines are available in Colombia to combat FMD, and the ICA urges farms to monitor for disease and alert outbreaks immediately.

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