Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Danes export sick breeding pigs to Russia

The Russian government claims that Denmark has recklessly sent them infected breeding pigs accompanied with health certificates issued by Danish government veterinarians.

They claim this case "demonstrated the systemic lack of competence of veterinary services of the EU countries."

The Russians are on the ball:  corrupt and/or useless government veterinarians recklessly issuing health certificates on sick live pigs in international trade is the reason many diseases circle the world.

This goes way beyond Denmark and Russia.

Some of the diseases carried are dangerous to human health.

This is how the British epidemics of  Classical Swine Fever  and Foot and Mouth 2000/1 came from live legal imports of infected breeding pigs accompanied by "clean" health certificates.

MAFF (the British Agricultural Ministry) lied their heads off to cover the incompetence of their vets in failing to spot that the pigs were not healthy.

This is where the writer first became involved in animal health (and now where the vets start leaving in disgrace.)

It's ironic that it is the Danes are the ones that got caught, but "bad money drives out good."

You can see why the Danes' own Minister of Agriculture blew the whistle on his own defiant veterinarians , and published the names of farms with sick pigs and massive antibiotic usage. See latest report.

Over the last decade Britain has lacked any Minister prepared to take a powerful wealthy veterinary industry to task.

But  that is what you get in the world's first, only and definitely last vetocracy.

Report from Moscow

Problems Associated with Import of Live Pigs from Denmark

In 2010 the Rosselkhoznadzor authorized import of 1360 breeding pigs from Denmark to the Belgorodskaya Oblast.

The animals were imported in three consignments accompanied with phytosanitary certificates issued by the National Veterinary Service of Denmark according to which the animals were clinically healthy.

320 animals with lesions on legs and limp were detected in the course of the daily clinical examination in the quarantine period.

The experts made a conclusion that the lesions on their legs were of infectious nature and the veterinary specialists of Denmark agreed with them. Some animals died.

Microorganisms of genus Mycoplasma and Chlamydiaceae were detected in the pathological material; the dysentery agent T. hyodysenteria was isolated in the course of microscopic examination.

The Chief Veterinary Veterinarian for the Belgorodskaya Oblast ordered that the quarantine period should be prolonged. The clinical examinations of animals under quarantine showed the disease progression that indicates that the animals with latent infections had been imported into the quarantine stations and it contradicts the animal health status specified in the veterinary certificates.

This case demonstrated the systemic lack of competence of veterinary services of the EU countries in the fulfillment of veterinary requirements for export of products subject to surveillance into the territory of Russia.

Taking into account the major violations of the animal health requirements and standards of Russia made by the veterinary service of Denmark in export of breeding pigs, the Rosselkhoznadzor considered it appropriate to impose temporary restrictions on import of breeding animals from a number of Danish farms to Russia.