The Standing Veterinary Committee voted on Wednesday 24 October in favour of a European Commission proposal extending the area from where Britain is allowed to export fresh pigmeat and beef. The extension concerns all the counties that have had no outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease or have remained free of the disease for more than three months.
The counties of eastern England and Wales, Scottish counties and islands such as the Shetlands have been allowed to export fresh pigmeat since 22 October. The latest decision by the EU vets will also allow beef to be exported from these areas.
The European Commissioner for Public Health David Byrne said on Tuesday that he was “cautiously optimist” on the regression of the disease in Great Britain, but reminded farmers to remain very careful.