September 20, 2011


Paraguay suspends beef exports due to FMD


An outbreak of foot and mouth disease has been detected in Paraguay which caused the suspension of their beef export, the national veterinary service said on Monday (Sep 19).


Paraguay's beef sector, which has grown strongly in recent years and is expected to post record exports in 2011, sees this outbreak as a big blow. Paraguay's main beef export markets include Russia and Chile. Beef is Paraguay's No. 2 export after soy.


"The suspension (of exports) is for prudence, with the aim of guaranteeing the quality of the meat shipped abroad, until we determine if the outbreak is isolated or is in other areas too," Carlos Simon, interim director of the national animal health service Senacsa, told online paper Ultima Hora.


The service said in a statement the outbreak was detected in Sargento Loma, in the department of San Pedro. It said it had ordered the quarantine of the affected herd.


Foot and mouth disease can be fatal to cattle, but is not harmful to humans.


Paraguay exported around 170,000 tonnes of beef in 2010.

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