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21 April 2010
On Tuesday 20th of April 2010 the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry
and Fisheries, notified the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) of an
outbreak of foot and mouth disease (FMD) in Miyazaki, western Japan.
The last case of FMD in Japan was reported in 2000.
Japan has stopped signing export certificates for ruminants and products
derived from them because of concerns that they may carry FMD. In the meantime,
they are clarifying the type and extent of the FMD outbreak.
Products arriving at the New Zealand border that are identified as 'risk
products' will be stopped and held by MAF Biosecurity New Zealand (MAFBNZ).
Decisions about the release of 'risk products' will be based on a number of
criteria, such as production date and whether heat treatment has been carried
MAFBNZ is in the process of identifying and tracing all animal products
imported from Japan in the last month.
Normal import conditions for animal products from Japan will resume when New
Zealand is confident the outbreak of FMD in Japan has been eradicated.