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New livestock suppliers sought (Bahrain) 6.9.2012
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2012, 10:55:34 PM »
 BAHRAIN is looking for new livestock suppliers after authorities rejected a shipment of more than 21,000 sheep infected with Orf disease, which can be transmitted to humans. The Industry and Commerce Ministry said it was seeking alternative importers abroad to safeguard the health of consumers.

"As a precautionary step the ministry is working with the Bahrain Livestock Company (BLC) to increase shipments of frozen meat and find additional alternative sources to import livestock as soon as possible," said a ministry spokesman.

The GDN reported yesterday that Singapore-registered vessel Ocean Dover was stopped from offloading its cargo and turned away after a consignment of more than 21,000 sheep was found to contain animals with Orf disease.

BLC officials said 45,000 of the animals had already entered the Qatari market and another 5,000 entered the UAE, saying the decision to turn the vessel away had cost the company around $4 million.

However, reports in the Australian daily Herald Sun yesterday stated the sheep were being unloaded in Pakistan.

The ministry spokesman said livestock imports were being monitored after the incident and they were working to resolve the issue while interacting with local butchers to get their feedback. "The ministry is also pursuing this matter with butchers and taking their views to avoid a repetition of the crisis in the future," he said.

The spokesman said according to ministry figures, during Ramadan and Eid last month a total of 44,595 live sheep, and 47,322 refrigerated sheep were imported. He said in addition, imports included 21,320 refrigerated sheep from Pakistan and 7,316 refrigerated sheep from Ethiopia.


"We are co-ordinating with the Health Ministry and Municipalities and Urban Planning Affairs Ministry as they are the concerned parties regarding the standard quality of meat being imported," he added.

He also urged traders and the general public to report any food safety violations to the ministry's hotline on 39531888 or 17530096.

Last month, nearly 10 tonnes of rotten meat was seized by officials from the Municipalities and Urban Planning Affairs Ministry during the Eid holiday. Officials intercepted the potentially dangerous cargo, which involved 400 carcasses, during random checks on incoming ships. The rotten meat was destroyed by Health Ministry officials.

In June, authorities seized and destroyed rotten meat worth an estimated BD60,000 that had arrived at Bahrain International Airport. Officials said 815 carcasses imported from India arrived in Bahrain 12 hours after they were intended to because the consignment was delayed in Qatar.

By Sandeep Singh Grewal ,   Thursday, September 06, 2012

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