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Foot-and-mouth disease fragments detected in meat imported to Australia

Viral fragments of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) and African swine fever have been detected in imported meat, as Australia's government introduces new measures to wash shoes at international airports.

Both diseases have spread through Asia and a widespread outbreak of either livestock disease in Australia could cost the economy billions of dollars.

FMD fragments found in imported meat in Melbourne
Announcing the introduction of citric foot mats at airports Australia's Agriculture Minister Murray Watt said biosecurity authorities had recently discovered viral fragments of FMD and African swine fever in pork products using "routine retail surveillance" exercises.

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Shelf of tinned pork floss product on a supermarket shelf.

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