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Cattle concerns.

Faults in the Government's system for tracking livestock contributed to the last foot-and-mouth outbreak and would do nothing to stop a repeat, it has been claimed.

The introduction of a computerised cattle-tracing system following the problems with mad cow disease did little to stem the tide of foot-and-mouth disease after pigs were infected at Bobby Waugh's Heddon-on-the-Wall farm, says the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee.

Committee chairman Edward Leigh said: "The system was inadequate to deal with foot-and-mouth and would still be inadequate if there was a new outbreak of BSE or FMD."

But MP Nick Brown, agriculture minister at the time, said: "The system was introduced in response to BSE and had nothing to do with foot-and-mouth."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 6, 2004
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