Initial tests for vesicular disease in pig in Essex are negative

Initial tests results on a pig at Cheale Meats abattoir in Essex have come back as negative. 

A DEFRA statement said: “Initial laboratory results this morning are negative for both foot-and-mouth disease and swine vesicular disease. Further test results are expected later today.

“In accordance with DEFRA’s contingency plan, last night restrictions were placed on the slaughterhouse and farm where the pigs originated from.

“A 8km radius temporary zone preventing the movement of pigs, cattle and other ruminants was also put in place surrounding the slaughterhouse. Restrictions will remain in place pending further laboratory test results.”