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Importation of pigs from Great Britain



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PRESS STATEMENT BY THE COMMONWEALTH MINISTER FOR HEALTH

SENATOR SIR KENNETH ANDERSON

IMPORTATION OF PIGS FROM GREAT BRITAIN

Australia is to amend quarantine restrictions to allow the

importation of male pigs from Great Britain.

The Minister for Health, Senator Sir Kenneth Anderson, said

today the move would permit the introduction of new "blood into Australian

pig herds. The conditions of importation however, would ensure that no

disease risk was involved. The importation of pigs from the United

Kingdom and Ireland has "been prohibited since 1952 because of the risk

of introducing disease particularly swine fever and foot and mouth disease.

Swine fever has now been eradicated in Britain while the last outbreak of "

foot and mouth there was in 1968.

Sir Kenneth said changes to quarantine regulations would allow the

importation of male pigs and semen from approved, government-tested herds

in England, Scotland and Wales. Selected pigs would undergo special tests

and procedures to ensure that they were free from other infections such as

Aujeszky's disease.

The importation of female pigs would not be permitted until the

results of a British survey to determine the presence or otherwise trichinosis

were known.

Canberra July 21, 1972 Dept. No. 79