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Animal Health Act 2002

Part 4: General

37.Section 15 places a duty upon the Secretary of State to consider what is the most appropriate method of preventing the spread of FMD in the event of an occurrence of the disease. The consideration must include an assessment of whether vaccination would be more appropriate than any other method of disease control.

38.Section 16 provides for the publication of biosecurity guidance. The provision applies to guidance for persons having functions under the 1981 Act, and to guidance for those involved or associated with handling livestock. The guidance must be consulted on and published, and will be admissible in court proceedings.

39.Section 17 provides for the publication of an annual review of import controls. The report must include details of the activities undertaken by Government directed towards the prevention of the introduction of animal disease through illegal importation of animal products.

40.Section 18 requires the Secretary of State and National Assembly for Wales to produce a contingency plan for FMD. The provisions may be extended to other diseases by order. The contingency plan must be consulted on, published and laid before Parliament.

41.Section 19 provides that the Act extends to England and Wales only.

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