Roadside checks pose biosecurity risk

by 5m Editor
17 May 2004, at 12:00am

UK - A producer was appalled when a lorry carrying high health gilts was stopped for a routine check by police and Trading Standard officers.

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"Should they be allowed to climb up and look in all the compartments, when probably they had stopped many more lorries that day, that were carrying just slaughter generation stock?" he wondered.

NPA's Ian Campbell took the issue up with Lacors - the Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services - which agreed that "appropriate cleansing and disinfection should take place during road side stops."

It will now discuss roadside stops with the National Animal Health and Welfare Panel and this may result in common guidance being issued for local authorities.

However the producer who raised the alarm on this issue is sceptical as to whether the police really will be prevailed upon to carry cleaning and disinfectant materials in their cars.

Source: National Pig Association - 17th May 2004

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