Mar 12, 2007
The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has declared Argentina free of hoof and mouth disease (HMD) with vaccinations except for an area of approximately 10 square miles in the northern portion of the country, the Argentinian Agriculture Secretariat reported last Wednesday. “With this certification from the OIE, the country is showing the best sanitary condition in recent years,” the Agriculture Secretariat reported. The certification comes ahead of a USDA proposal to resume imports of fresh and frozen beef from the country. The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) regulation was originally published in January of this year.