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Israel bans Argie beef

by: Tzvi Zinger, Ynetnews - Last updated: 2006-02-14

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Beef from Argentina has been banned from entering Israel following an outreak of the foot and mouth disease in the northeastern Corrientes region of the country.

As a result, the director of Israel’s Veterinary and Animal Health Services, Moshe Haimovitch, said the importing of meat from the South American country has been halted as of last Thursday, Israel’s leading newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported Monday.

According to Haimovitch, the ban on Argentinian meat will continue until further examination of the epidemic’s scope and its ramifications in Argentina.

Israel imports some 50,000 tons of meat from South American countries each year, 30,000 of which come from Argentina. Several other countries, including the U.S. and Russia, have announced limitations on the importing of meat from Argentina.

Concerns have been raised regarding the possibility that the latest development will result in increased meat prices.

The foot and mouth disease broke out in South America five years ago; Israel was quick to halt the importing of boned meat from the country, as experts believe the disease is carried in the bones.

Tzvika Brot, Yehudit Yahav contributed to the report

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