Foot And Mouth Disease Has Been Detected In Australia In Meat Products From China

Foot and mouth disease has been detected in meat products being brought into Australia from both Indonesia and China.

The contagious viral disease of livestock has not occurred in Australia since 1872 but fears have grown it could cause an $80 billion hit to the national economy if detected.

Agriculture Minister Murray Watt confirmed on Wednesday that viral fragments had been found in a beef product brought in by a traveller from Indonesia.

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A routine surveillance check also found viral fragments of both foot and mouth disease and African swine fever in pork products for sale at a supermarket in Melbourne CBD.


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