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The introduction and spread of infectious diseases is an ever-present risk that can lead to increased mortality, production losses and public health hazards in animal production environments. Biosecurity is a set of preventative measures designed to reduce the risk of transmission of infectious diseases, the objective being that 'prevention is better than cure'. It is a comprehensive approach, encompassing different methods of prevention and containment with responsibility spread across the food chain, from the primary producer in the first instance, to transporters, food producers, slaughter houses, veterinarians and others involved in animal production and trade.