Published On: Tue, Nov 13th, 2018

Import ban meat from Colombia due to foot-and-mouth disease; 1000 cows’ project not in danger

cows_Cura_Fresh_MeatWILLEMSTAD - It will take a long time before Curacao is allowed to import meat from Colombia. This is according to the Director of the Veterinary Service Arnold Dwarkasin. The Andean country is plagued by an outbreak of the foot-and-mouth disease, mainly due to the smuggling of cows from neighboring Venezuela.

For Curaçao a ban has been proclaimed of meat products from that country. Pigs and cows are counted in this ban. It is a very contagious animal disease that cannot be transmitted to people.

It is not the first time that Curacao has promulgated a ban on such products from Colombia. Dwarkasin expected more or less that it would happen.

The outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in Colombia and the import ban does not affect the 1000 cows’ project on Curacao. This was announced by Arthur Parris, owner of the company that plans to import 100 cows to the island. The project is not finished yet and it will take at least until next year before it takes shape. The cattle that have to come from Colombia are part of the ban, but do not come from the border area of Colombia with Venezuela, says Parris.

But if the import of cows from Colombia is prohibited then there are alternative countries to get them from.

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