Second outbreak massive ‘body blow’ to UK farmers

Brussels, 13th September 2007 – A second outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease is devastating news to UK farmers, said Conservative Deputy Leader in the European Parliament, Sir Robert Atkins MEP.

The dreaded confirmation of the disease at a second farm in Surrey comes just days after the final restrictions following last month’s outbreak were lifted.

Sir Robert said:

“This is a massive body blow for the countryside so soon after the last outbreak.

“Defra’s immediate task will be to stop the disease spreading yet further, but farmers will rightly be asking how on earth this has been allowed to happen again. The countryside has a number of questions about the biosecurity lapses at Pirbright that this government seems unwilling to answer.

“Farming and its associated industries deserve proper compensation for the failings that resulted in the original outbreak. If Pirbright is found to be responsible again, the case for compensation will grow.

“We can only pray the outbreak does not spread any further and that the countryside can get back to business soon.”

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