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Pork, Beef Banned in Sri Lankan District Due to FMD Worries

10 March 2014

SRI LANKA - The slaughtering of cattle and pigs, and goats as well, selling and transporting of beef, mutton and pork were banned in the Gampaha District from Saturday, 8 March, as several head of cattle with foot and mouth detected were detected in the area.

According to DailyMirror, Animal Production and Health Department Director General Dr W.K. de Silva said the gazette notification in this regard had been sent to the Government printer the previous day (Friday, 7 March).

Earlier, stalls of beef, mutton and pork were closed in seven districts following the spread of the disease among cattle in those districts and now it has spread to the Western Province and the Southern Province as well, Dr Silva said.

Jaffna, Vavuniya, Mullaitivu, Ampara, Trincomalee, Anuradhapura and Puttalam were the seven districts in which the ban had been already in force.

It has been revealed that cattle in the Karandeniya area in the Galle District have contracted the disease after several heads of cattle were brought to the area from Welisara in the Gampaha District.

ThePigSite News Desk

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