The Government faced new accusations of incompetence yesterday after it was revealed that the foot-and-mouth virus that devastated British farming this year has "probably" leaked again from its animal health laboratories
in Pirbright, Surrey.
Implementing agency : Gyeongsangbuk animal health laboratories
But Wales Rural Affairs Minister Elin Jones said it was still confined to the same area around the animal health laboratories
Farmers' leaders reacted furiously yesterday to revelations that the foot-and-mouth outbreak was caused by lax bio-security at the high-risk animal health laboratories
Implementing agency : Jeonbuk animal health laboratories
Mr Vaughan said questions remained about how the virus apparently escaped from animal health laboratories
at Pirbright - and answers were still needed over the cause and handling of the 2001 epidemic.
A global effort is now underway to eradicate PRR by 2030 using nuclear and other techniques, and the VETLAB network of animal health laboratories
will play a critical role in this effort.
A temporary three-mile bio-security area has been imposed around the two animal health laboratories
in Pirbright which are at the centre of the investigation into the cause of the outbreak.
I congratulate Fisheries and Oceans Canadas (DFO) staff at the National Aquatic Animal Health Laboratories
for achieving accreditation to the International Organization for Standardizations ISO 17025.
Implementing agency : Jeollanam animal health laboratories