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Namibia will continue to ban the import of cloven hoofed animals and their products from South Africa due to a Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) outbreak, an official confirmed on Monday.

The suspension was initially announced on Jan. 8 in a Veterinary Public notification which targeted cloven hoofed animals such as cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, antelopes and many others.

Jonah Musheko, an official of Namibia’s Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, confirmed to Xinhua that the suspension remains in force and all previously issued permits have been cancelled and recalled.

“Importers are urged to contact the Veterinary Import/Export office for further information,” the ministry added in a statement.

The disease was detected in the Vhembe District, Limpopo Province in the FMD Free Zone of South Africa and reported to the World Organization for Animal Health on Jan.7. Enditem

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