Botswana-South Africa-Beef

Botswana eases ban on South African beef imports

APA-Gaborone (Botswana)

Botswana on Thursday announced a partial lifting of a ban on imports of meat and dairy products from neighbouring South Africa where an outbreak of foot and mouth disease has been reported.

Director of the Department of Veterinary Services, Letlhogile Modisa, said ready-to-eat products such as cooked meat, tinned beef, polony, yoghurt, cheese and other processed dairy products would now be allowed into Botswana without permit.

“All unprocessed meat product are not allowed,” Modisa said in a statement.

Modisa said the partial lifting of the ban followed steps taken by South African authorities  to contain an outbreak of the highly contagious disease first detected in the neighbouring country’s Limpopo province last week.

The official advised that meat products transiting through South Africa with valid import and in transit permits would be allowed to pass through Botswana.

In addition, the official said imports of non-processed feeds such as bales of lucerne, hay, maize and sorghum and wheat straw, together with silage are allowed without a permit while bran and horminy are allowed with a permit.

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