The ban on exports of products from cloven hoofed animals to China
was officially lifted on July 23, Chinese ambassador Lin Songtian
said during a briefing.
The viral disease, which causes lesions and lameness in cattle and
sheep, was detected in a northern district of Limpopo province,
resulting in the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE)
temporarily suspending South Africa's FMD-free status.
"We went to the abattoirs and sent a message back home that it was
safe to resume export," said the ambassador.
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In March, countries including Mozambique, Lesotho, Egypt and the
United Arab Emirates lifted the ban on exports from South Africa.
FMD does not affect people but poses a threat to cloven-hoofed
animals - such as cattle, goats and sheep.
(Reporting by Onke Ngcuka; Writing by Tanisha Heiberg; Editing by
Louise Heavens and Mark Potter)
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