Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 6th March 2017.

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Photo of Laurence Robertson Laurence Robertson Chair, Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, Chair, Northern Ireland Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to tackle bovine tuberculosis in high risk areas which have not undergone trial badger culling.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

We are taking strong action to deliver a long-term plan to eradicate the disease and protect the future of the UK’s dairy and beef industries. In addition to badger control in areas where TB is rife, our comprehensive strategy includes strengthening cattle testing and movement controls and improving biosecurity on farm and when trading.

A summary of current measures and additional future measures or options is included in the Government’s Strategy for achieving Officially Bovine Tuberculosis Free status for England which can be found on the GOV.UK website.

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