Published On: Mon, Nov 5th, 2018

Import ban on Colombian meat

Camelia-RomerWILLEMSTAD - Curaçao does not import meat from Colombia anymore. This was announced by the Minister of Public Health. The reason is the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in that country. Also, passengers traveling from Colombia to Curaçao are not allowed to bring meat products.

It concerns two recent outbreaks on September 29 and October 10 this year. As a result, Colombia has lost the FA-free status and precautionary measures have again been taken by the relevant authorities in Curaçao on behalf of the Department of Veterinary Affairs of the Ministry.

Colombia has recently had outbreaks that led to an import ban, as in 2017. At the end of that year Colombia was declared free by the World Health Organization, but now the disease is back.

Symptoms of the foot-and-mouth disease include blisters on the legs, mouth and chest. There is also abundant saliva and reduced appetite and milk production. The disease is often fatal in young animals. The disease is transmitted through contact with infected animals.

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