19 October 2001

Canada relaxes its rules to UK visitors

CANADA has decided to relax rules designed to minimise foot-and-mouth risks, making it practical for UK visitors to go on farms and attend agricultural events, such as Novembers Royal Winter Fair in Toronto.

Instead of the two week period between contact with UK livestock and Canadian farms, it is now agreed that visitors only need a minimum of three days, says the Canadian Livestock Genetics Association.

However, CLGA advises organising tourist activities first to maximise the livestock contact free time and only visiting farms by appointment.

Visitors should also expect extra bio-security precautions this year. F&M precautions similar to those in the UK are likely at farms, including cleaning and disinfection of footwear and signing in and out. &#42