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Pork, Beef Banned in Sri Lankan District Due to FMD Worries

10 March 2014

SRI LANKA - Slaughtering of cattle, pigs and goats, selling and transporting of beef, mutton and pork has been banned in the Gampaha District of Sri Lanka because of an outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease in cattle in the area.

According to DailyMirror, Animal Production and Health Department Director General Dr W.K. de Silva said the gazette notification of the outbreak had been sent to the Government.

Earlier, stalls of beef, mutton and pork were closed in seven districts following the spread of the disease among cattle in those districts and now it has spread to the Western Province and the Southern Province as well, Dr Silva said.

Jaffna, Vavuniya, Mullaitivu, Ampara, Trincomalee, Anuradhapura and Puttalam were the seven districts in which the ban had been already in force.

It has been revealed that cattle in the Karandeniya area in the Galle District have contracted the disease after several heads of cattle were brought to the area from Welisara in the Gampaha District.

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