Restrictions on South African export of processed products relaxed by many trade partners

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister, Senzeni Zokwana said restrictions on South African export of processed products relaxed by many trade partners. Photo: IOL

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (ADV) – The restrictions on the export of processed products have been relaxed by many trade partners following the ban of meat and dairy products imports following the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) outbreak in Limpopo province, South Africa.

This announcement was made by the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister, Senzeni Zokwana, in a joint stament by the department, and the Red Meat Industry.

He added that trade in safe commodities to direct neighbouring countries have largely been accepted and, where necessary, negotiation of new health certificates is underway,

“There has also been good progress with negotiations to re-open markets for deboned matured beef, processed dairy products and processed hides and skins to the other African countries, the Middle East and the Far East,” said Zokwana.

He said guarantees were provided for products which do not pose a risk of transmitting the disease, including the heat treated meat and dairy products, deboned and matured beef, scoured wool, salted hides and skins, livestock embryos and pork products from known FMD free pig compartments.

Minister Zokwana noted that the country has lost its OIE recognised FMB free zone without vaccination status as a result of the FMD outbreak

“This has had a devastating effect on trade of cloven hoofed animals and their products from South Africa. While some countries instituted official bans, trade was further disrupted as a result of the inability to certify for any exports where FMD free zone attestation is required,” she said.

He further said the Trade Task Team has been a very successful platform to streamline the communication between industry, Provincial Veterinary Services, DAFF and trade partners.

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