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Lifting on ban on importation of pigs from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland



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PRESS STATEMENT 3Y DR, THE HON. D.A. CAMERON. O.B.E.. M.P.,

COMMONWEALTH MINISTER FOR HEALTH. PARLIAMENT HOUSE. CANBERRA.

Dr. Cameron, Commonwealth Minister for Health, today

explained certain matters in connection with the recent lifting

of the "ban on the importation of pigs from Northern Ireland and

the Republic of Ireland.

He said that, in addition to the health requirements,

which operated before the ban, there is now an important new

requirement for a certificate by the principal government

veterinary surgeon of Northern Ireland or the Republic of

Ireland, that he is satisfied that there has not been a case of

Swine Fever in the country of export during the six months

prior to shipment.

The significance of this is that if Swine Fever

should occur in Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland,

the importation of pigs from whichever of those two countries

it occurs, will be automatically banned, as the certificate

could not be given.

Another new requirement is that the exporting owner

must declare that the pig for export to Australia has never

been in any country other than Northern Ireland or the Republic

of Ireland. This is a safeguard against the disease Atrophic

Rhinitis which does not occur in Ireland.

Dr. Cameron said that if ever Atrophic Rhinitis

occurred in any part of Ireland or if Swine Fever ever reached

a high incidence in any part of Ireland, it is extremely

likely that a complete ban on pigs would again be imposed.

He concluded by stating that full information

concerning conditions of importation could be obtained from

the Chief Quarantine Officer (Animals) at the State Department

of Agriculture in each capital city.

l6th November 1959.