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British Veterinary Association responds to the Government’s border target operating model

The UK Government’s draft border target operating model will have a significant impact on UK biosecurity

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has issued a statement in response to the publication of the UK Government’s draft border target operating model, which will have a significant impact on UK biosecurity.

BVA President Malcolm Morley says: “We welcome the publication of the Government’s draft Border Target Operating Model. Whilst we need to scrutinise the detail, in principle it is an acknowledgement of the vital role border controls play in protecting public health and UK biosecurity, rather than seeing controls as simply a barrier to trade that needs to be overcome.

“By having robust systems in place, the UK can minimise its exposure to diseases like Foot and Mouth Disease and African Swine Fever, which could have a devastating impact on the UK’s domestic animal population, and in turn our farming and agrifoods industries.

“As the Border Target Operating Model moves from draft to finalised protocol, it’s vital that the Government continues to engage with the veterinary profession to ensure the model is fit for purpose. Vets have a unique role in ensuring the highest food and animal welfare standards are being met for products imported to the UK. The BVA looks forward to working with the Government on the finer detail, to ensure it delivers for everyone.”

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