8 March 2001
What disinfectant to fight foot-and-mouth?

I REMEMBER from the 1967 outbreak of foot-and-mouth it being said that carbolic acid (Jeyes fluid et al) was the only effective disinfectant.

Is this right, and why do we see formalin being used and bleach recommended?
Judith Shelley, Ramsdell, Hampshire

  • MAFF has a list of over 100 approved disinfectants on its website at http://www.maff.gov.uk/animalh/diseases/fmd/disinfectant.htm