China's dairy products are safe and the overwhelming majority of Chinese cows are free of tuberculosis (TB) despite sporadic reports of some infections, the China Daily reported Friday.
China's cows are in sound health on the whole, Jia Youlin, director of the Ministry of Agriculture's Animal Husbandry Bureau, made the comment Thursday, the day after a TB-hit dairy farm was closed in Guangzhou, capital of south China' s Guangdong province.
Over 400 sick cows from the Guangzhou Yunyan Cattle Farm were slaughtered on Wednesday.
Jia said that the ministry had released a technical code on theprevention of bovine TB, which requires veterinary departments or animal quarantine agencies to conduct regular vaccinations and inspections of cows every spring and autumn to discover and deal with any cases of bovine TB in dairies, the newspaper reported.
(Xinhua News Agency July 25, 2003)