Experts discuss impact FMD would have on U.S. food and agriculture

04/28/2011 | DairyHerd.com

Experts at the recent FBI International Symposium on Agriculture expressed concerns over the damage that a foot-and-mouth outbreak would inflict on the country's food and agricultural industry. "There is no such thing as a small outbreak [of foot and mouth disease]. If you have an outbreak, you have a big, big problem on your hands. ... It's a billion-dollar disease," one animal scientist said. To help maintain the country's FMD-free status, experts called on dairy producers to monitor their herds and report any signs of the disease to veterinarians.

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