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: Doctor wants the truth about health risks of Australian sheep in Pakistan
: WA Export News October 10, 2012, 11:53:08 AM
A Pakistani doctor says the courts need to uncover the truth of whether a shipload of Australian sheep carried notifiable diseases. 

Dr Mohammad Ali Rai, who's studying infectious diseases at Oxford in the UK, says Pakistanis rightfully fear contamination like e-coli, which local media reports said were found in the sheep.

A cull of the sheep has been suspended, until independent testing clarifies the sheep's health status.

Dr Rai says the authorities were right to begin culling the sheep if they suspected contaminated meat might get into the market.

"And we know that the food chain system in Pakistan is not transparent, it's absolutely prone to corruption, prone to misuse," he said.

"So if the people get worried and the sheep started being culled on an emergency basis, it makes sense."

By Sarina Locke
 Wednesday, 10/10/2012 (