FRANCE - France has been recognised as officially free of classical swine fever.
The announcement of the new status for the country came during the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), meeting in Paris this week.
Classical swine fever is a highly contagious disease of pigs. The last French case in pigs dates back to 2002, and 2007 in wildlife.
During this session, France was also classified as a country with "negligible risk" from BSE (Bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease).
This is the best possible health status for the disease, reserved for countries that have demonstrated complete control of the disease.
The last known case of BSE in France was more than 10 years in April.
France was previously classified as a "controlled risk country".
French Agriculture Minister, Stéphane Le Foll said: "I welcome this global recognition of the safety of products derived from the French beef sector.
“I appeal to countries that still maintain an embargo on exports of this sector to give it up very quickly now."
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