July 21, 2022
New Zealand increases border measures to prevent foot-and-mouth disease
New Zealand said it has increased border measures to prevent the entry of food-and-mouth disease (FMD) following the discovery of FMD in nearby Bali, Indonesia, Reuters reported.
Damien O'Connor, New Zealand's Minister of Biosecurity and Agriculture, said that since FMD was recently discovered in Bali, a popular tourist destination, they have taken concrete steps to boost their work at the border in recent weeks, including a public awareness campaign.
He urged everyone to be watchful and do their part to safeguard New Zealand's economic security.
Animals with cloven hooves are susceptible to the highly contagious virus known as FMD. According to the Ministry for Primary Industries, a virus outbreak in New Zealand would have a significant negative impact on important exports of dairy, red meat, and pork products for months or even years.
For arrivals from Indonesia, New Zealand this week introduced foot mats with disinfecting chemicals to make sure footwear is free of the virus. A campaign has been started to inform visitors to Bali about the problems. An audit of the palm kernel supply chain for animal feed is currently taking place on the ground. Furthermore, New Zealand is sending equipment to Indonesia to help the country contain the virus.