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Foot and mouth disease does not threaten food safety

Amman Today

publish date 2023-02-06 14:42:37

Director General of the Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Nizar Mahmoud Muhaidat, said that foot and mouth disease does not represent a threat to food safety or consumers of meat and dairy products from infected animals.

Muhaidat stated that dairy products are considered safe for human consumption due to their undergoing manufacturing processes such as pasteurization, adding that “meat after slaughter is considered an acidic medium due to the presence of lactic acid, which leads to the natural elimination of the virus.”

“Public health experts, including those from the World Health Organization, agree that foot-and-mouth disease does not pose a threat to the safety of food that comes from infected animals,” Muhaidat said in a statement on Monday.

He added that the disease is considered a highly contagious animal disease that affects hoofed animals such as cows, sheep and goats, and may lead to their death.

He pointed out that foot and mouth disease is “an animal disease caused by the virus (Picornaviridae), which ranges in size from 25 to 30 nanometers, and contains a single positively charged ribonucleic acid (RNA), indicating that there are 7 serotypes of foot and mouth disease.

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