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Statement from Lex Gutsche, Chairman and CEO of Woodlands Dairy

May 14, 2024

Foot and mouth disease (FMD) presents a serious threat, being a highly contagious viral infection impacting cloven-hoofed animals like cattle, pigs, sheep, and goats. The virus spreads rapidly through direct contact, contaminated equipment, and even the air. It can also lurk in contaminated feed, water, and surfaces.

We want to assure the public that despite the severity of FMD, it does not endanger human health. There is no risk of illness for humans. It's crucial to understand that pasteurised milk and dairy products remain safe for consumption even in areas affected by FMD. Rigorous pasteurisation effectively eliminates the virus, ensuring the safety of our dairy products. At Woodlands Dairy, we meticulously adhere to all mandated protocols for pasteurisation and food safety, guaranteeing the utmost safety of our products. The reason why pasteurisation is essential is that it eliminates any potential threat posed by the virus in infected milk from otherwise healthy animals, preventing its spread to other animals.

Local authorities, working hand in hand with veterinary experts, are tirelessly enforcing strict biosecurity measures to curb the spread of FMD. These measures include quarantine of infected areas, strict movement restrictions on animals, thorough disinfection protocols, and constant surveillance to monitor disease dissemination.

Every individual plays a pivotal role in preventing the spread of FMD. It's imperative to heed the biosecurity guidelines provided by authorities, such as refraining from contact with infected animals, diligently disinfecting footwear and equipment when visiting farms, and promptly reporting any suspected cases of FMD to local veterinary authorities.

The duration of FMD outbreaks fluctuates depending on the efficacy of control measures and the extent of the outbreak. With swift detection, containment, and vaccination of susceptible animals, outbreaks can typically be resolved within a few weeks to months.

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