A second outbreak of foot and mouth disease triggers warning from MCA

The MCA has been instructed to warn all mariners of the implications of the food transportation ban implemented in the wake of a second outbreak this year of foot and mouth disease.

Read previous news story from 15 August

The following message was issued Friday by Chichester Harbour Authority:

1. Mariners are advised that the following protection measures have been issued by DEFRA.

2. It is illegal to take any of the following food and drink abroad:

Meat products
Milk and dairy products

from animals that are susceptible to foot and mouth disease, including cattle, pigs, goats, sheep and deer.

3. This ban includes sandwiches, packed lunches and food for self-catering holidays, and includes fresh, chilled, frozen, tinned, preserved and processed products.

4. Foot and mouth disease presents no risk to humans but does pose a serious threat to animal health. It can be spread to susceptible animals through a variety of food products. It is therefore important that you DO NOT take food products abroad.

5. Please dispose of any such products in the nearest suitable bin or take them home.