Trade team to communicate with SA's trading partners
Dr Pieter Vervoort, chairman of the Animal Health Forum, who represents producer organisations on DAFF's Steering Committee, said expectations were that South Africa’s meat trading partners would close their borders after the outbreak was announced and that the OIE would temporarily put South Africa’s FMD-free status on hold.
“They of course have to obtain all the facts regarding the outbreak,” he said.
”The trade task team will communicate and negotiate with South Africa’s trading partners to convince them that South African meat is still safe for export purposes, e.g. that pork exports come from compartmentalised pig units, certified for export purposes,” he said.
Dr Vervoort also pointed out that this task team would look beyond the FMD outbreak and also investigate market opportunities.