Chi­nese visit for trad­ing stan­dards

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your -

CHI­NESE farm­ing ex­perts have turned to Cam­bridgeshire for ad­vice on an­i­mal health prob­lems.

Del­e­gates from the Chi­nese Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture in­clud­ing an­i­mal health and wel­fare ex­perts, ar­ranged a visit to the Cam­bridgeshire County Coun­cil Trad­ing Stan­dards team to learn about farm and small hold­ing in­spec­tions; the ser­vice’s data­bases, sys­tems and records; and about the con­tin­gency plans pre­pared in the case of a dis­ease out­break.

The work of Trad­ing Stan­dards is a key part of re­duc­ing the chances of an an­i­mal dis­ease out­break such as foot and mouth dis­ease, and lim­it­ing its im­pact if there were to be an out­break.

Their work en­sures that the move­ments of any dis­eased an­i­mal can be traced and health au­thor­i­ties can re­spond.

County coun­cil cabi­net mem­ber for en­ter­prise, Coun­cil­lor Matthew Shuter, said the Chi­nese visit was a boost for the team.

He said: “A ma­jor an­i­mal dis­ease out­break can have a de­bil­i­tat­ing im­pact on ru­ral economies such as Cam­bridgeshire’s, as well as se­ri­ous health im­pli­ca­tions for the pub­lic.

“The Chi­nese Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture recog­nised the knowl­edge and dis­ease con­trol mea­sures that Trad­ing Stan­dards’ an­i­mal health pro­fes­sion­als have de­vel­oped as a re­sult of dis­ease out­breaks in the UK and were keen to learn from them to help pro­tect their own econ­omy and pop­u­la­tion.”

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