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Seek advice from livestock officers: Tunabuna

October 11, 2015 6:29 pm

The Agriculture Ministry is urging Fijians who are organising traditional functions where beef will be consumed to seek advice from livestock officers.

Acting Deputy Secretary Tomasi Tunabuna says people often assume that cattle bought from farmers is safe for consumption… but it is advisable to have the meat tested first.

Tunabuna says while it is addressing an outbreak of Bovine Tuberculosis, it is also important to consider public health.

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“Especially people in the Central Division should get in touch with our livestock officers to carry out proper meat inspection during festive, religious and cultural occasions.”

Tunabuna, says the meat that is to be consumed needs to be cooked properly to eliminate any risk of disease.

A Brucellosis and Tuberculosis Eradication Campaign or BTEC team is currently carrying out testing and surveillance programmes at infected farms in Tailevu, Naitasiri, Serua and Namosi.

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