Chinese visit for trading standards
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.”