A cargo of nearly 800 trunnion heads imported from France has been blocked at the port of Algiers since the beginning of September and risks being turned back for health reasons linked to the suspicion of the infectious bovine rhinotracheitis virus (IBR). ).
According to information reported this Wednesday, September 21 by the French media South West, “no less than 780 heads of trunnions that left the French town of Sète by boat and have been stranded in the port of Algiers for more than two weeks will be repatriated and slaughtered in France, after an imbroglio over the health status of three animals”.
Indeed, the same media revealed that “the livestock carrier that left the port of Hérault arrived at the port of Algiers on September 3”. However, “Algeria would have prohibited the entry of the cattle which were there on the national territory”.
Why would Algeria have refused the entry of these cattle?
Citing the French Ministry of Agriculture, South West explained that the reason for this ban comes down to an imbroglio linked to “differences in interpretation” on the health status of three animals.
Because, continues the same source, “the documents attached to the export certificates for these bulls bore the mention “IBR Positive”, suggesting that they were carriers of the virus, whereas they had received the vaccine against infectious bovine rhinotracheitis. (IBR)”.
“There is no failure on the part of the French authorities on the export certificates… The animals are healthy. After fruitless discussions, it was decided to bring the boat back to France,” indicated the French Ministry of Agriculture this Wednesday during a press briefing.
Thus, France has decided to bring back these young bulls by the end of the week and to slaughter them without putting them back into the circuit of human consumption in order “to avoid the possible introduction of foot-and-mouth disease, present in Algeria , on French territory. And this, despite the fact that the risk is “extremely minimal”.
In this same context, it should be recalled that “France is the leading beef producer in Europe and exports 1.5 million live cattle each year, in particular to Spain, Italy and Algeria” , revealed the media Release.