What is Foot and Mouth Disease and does Australia have it?


Australia does not have Foot and Mouth Disease or FMD as it is commonly referred to.

FMD affects cloven-hoofed animals such as cattle, sheep, goats and pigs. While the disease is not life threatening it is highly contagious and severely affects an animal’s productivity. Exporting countries that are found to have FMD generally immediately lose access to major trading partners.

Australia’s stringent meat safety systems, quarantine measures and geographical isolation have assisted in retaining its FMD-free status.

Australia is well prepared should FMD enter its shores. The Australian Veterinary Emergency Plan (AUSVETPLAN), adopted at a federal level but implemented on a state basis, contains contingency measures in the event that FMD or another threatening animal disease be is detected in Australia. With respect to FMD, the AUSVETPLAN’s policy involves eradicating the disease within the shortest time possible, while limiting economic impact.


Did You Know...

Australia holds a disease free status for FMD and TSE (BSE or 'mad-cows' disease and Scrapie)

The Australian red meat industry works closely with state and federal government agencies to ensure Australia’s meat safety systems remain world class.

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