Pakistan urged to ban mad cows from California

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STAFF REPORT LHR: After the confirmation of Mad Cow Disease in California farms by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture), the government of Pakistan should immediately slap ban on import of live animals from such country, as prescribed under the OIE rules/guidelines.
“The federal government and all provincial governments must notify ban on import of live cattle from USA to save Pakistan from this dangerous disease,” Dr Hamid Jalil former CEO PAMCO said in a statement here.
He also said that an emergent programme should be initiated to identify and register all farms where the imported Holstein cattle have been kept. The Punjab government must start surveillance to test all cattle imported from USA to control this disease especially in the province.
He disclosed that some of the corporate dairy farms in Punjab and Sindh have imported Holstein cattle from USA/North America. Whereas, under the rules and guidelines of the world organization for the trade of animals and products, if any country imports cattle from such country having incident of Mad Cow Disease can also be banned for exporting livestock and its products.


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