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Taiwan to seek status as free of animal foot-and-mouth disease

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Taiwan is seeking to be listed next year by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) as a country free of foot-and-mouth disease with vaccination, the Council of Agriculture said.

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As of July 2015, there were only a few cases of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in animals in Taiwan, and they were all in the offshore country of Kinmen, the Council of Agriculture (COA) said.

It said Taiwan will apply in September 2017 for OIE listing as an FMD-free country where vaccination is practiced, and will eventually seek to gain full status as FMD-free without vaccination.

According to OIE regulations, a member applying for the OIE's recognition as FMD-free with vaccination should show evidence of an effective surveillance program and absence of clinical disease for the previous two years.

Taiwan applied in October 2015 for OIE recognition of Taiwan proper, Penghu and Matsu as FMD-free zones where vaccination is practiced, according to Shih Tai-hua, deputy director-general of the COA's Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine.

However, the application was unsuccessful mainly because raw and processed meat from even-toed hoofed animals was still being transported from Kinmen to Taiwan proper, Shih said.

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