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Aujeszky's Disease Control and Eradication Programme - Ban on use of Aujeszky's Disease Vaccine

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Brendan Smith TD, today announced a ban on the use of Aujeszky's Disease vaccine, except under licence from his Department, effective immediately.

This ban is being introduced under the Aujeszky's Disease Control and Eradication Programme and is a vital step in reaching Aujeszky's free status for Ireland.  This will be of significant benefit to the whole Irish pig sector by recognising the health standard of the Irish pig herd and will protect and develop our access to international export markets.

Speaking today, the Minister said "In May Ireland received official EU recognition for the health status achieved thus far under the Aujeszky's Disease Control and Eradication Programme.  We are now determined to build on this progress and achieve the officially recognised standard of Aujeszky's free for the national herd.  I place a very high priority on this programme and I am delighted with the high level of commitment shown by pig herd owners, the farm representative bodies and veterinary practitioners.  This commitment is yielding results".

Date Released: 14 June 2010