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Foot and mouth illness: Livestock industry leaders urge calm after FMD viral fragments detected in Australia

Australia’s meat and livestock industry leaders are urging farmers to remain calm after Federal authorities this week confirmed viral fragments of foot-and-mouth disease had been detected in Victoria.

Fragments of FMD and African swine fever were found in pork products for sale at a retailer in Melbourne’s CBD as part of routine surveillance after being imported from China.

The live viruses were not detected in any of the contaminated items and Australia remains free of both diseases, according to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

“This is not the first time that routine testing has identified viral fragments in seized products and does not change Australia’s FMD and ASF status,” it said in a statement.

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