24 August 2020
Meat is safe for human consumption
FMD is not contagious to humans and the meat from animals that have recovered from the disease is safe for human consumption. Permission was granted to nine feedlots for the safe slaughtering of animals from affected premises at two abattoirs designated for this purpose. This process is continuing and more than 11 000 animals from farms under quarantine have been safely processed. Once all animals on affected properties have been slaughtered, quarantine can be lifted, and the farming operations can resume.
Once the process of resolving the issue on all affected premises has been concluded, the department will embark on a general surveillance strategy in the areas affected by the outbreaks in January 2019 and November 2019. Going forward, the outcome of this survey will determine the process of regaining international FMD-free zone status.
Botswana has also lifted the ban on the exporting of live cattle from South Africa. The import conditions for cattle from South Africa have been revised and a health certificate has been agreed upon. FMD-specific import conditions include isolation of animals for at least 30 days while preparing for export under supervision of the veterinary authority and testing for FMD during this time. Potential exporters are advised to contact their local state veterinarian to familiarise themselves with the requirements.