FOOT-AND-MOUTH DISEASE (FMD) UPDATE – 25 MAY 2022

Published On: 25 May 2022By Categories: Latest News, FMD Updates

In its continuing fight against Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) outbreaks South Africa, the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) has issued an updated Disease Management Area (DMA) Movement Protocol (No.2) regarding control measures for KZN and Limpopo. These controls affect the movement of cloven-hoofed animals INTO, WITHIN, THROUGH and OUT OF the DMAs.

We have received questions regarding the hunting of buffalo in the DMA, and the movement of the meat from the DMA.

According to DALLRD, buffalo hunts may continue without hindrance, provided a permit is obtained through the applicable channels as stated in the Foot and Mouth Disease Management Area Movement Control Protocol No. 2.

The stipulations in for the movement of the carcass/meat are:

May only move OUT OF, WITHIN or THROUGH the DMA, with a Movement if:

  1. The meat is for own consumption.
  2. One carcass per hunter and/or person accompanying the product will be permitted. (In other words, if the hunter is accompanied by another person, even though that person is not a hunter, a carcass may be moved as accompanied by that person.)
  3. The carcass must, portioned and be dry (i.e., hung for at least 24 hours in a cold storage facility), with its skin, head, feet, and organs removed which may not be moved from the property where the animal was slaughtered.
  4. The meat must be well-packed to prevent any accidental environmental contamination, such as leaking fluids including blood.
  5. All meat must be labelled (with species, place of origin and weight).

Properly packed buffalo meat may be moved through the DMA, though this is not advised.

See Annexure B of the Protocol for the applicable application form.

FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE MANAGEMENT AREA MOVEMENT CONTROL PROTOCOL NO. 2

GOVERNMENT GAZETTE NO. 2075 CONTROL MEASURES RELATING TO FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE IN CERTAIN AREAS

ANIMAL DISEASES ACT, 1984 (ACT NO. 35 OF 1984)

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