FDBusiness.com

$3 Million Earmarked For UK Laboratory to Coordinate World FMD Reference Labs

 Breaking News
  • UK Grocery Prices Rising at Fastest Rate in Four Years The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks to 5 November 2017, show UK supermarket sales have increased in value by 3.2% year-on-year in the run up to Christmas. Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar Worldpanel, explains: “Volume sales have increased by less than 1%, meaning it’s [...]...
  • Alcohol Minimum Unit Pricing to Go Ahead in Scotland The UK Supreme Court has ruled that minimum unit pricing for alcohol, which was passed overwhelmingly by the Scottish Parliament in 2012, can now proceed. Scottish Health Secretary Shona Robison has welcomed the decision and confirmed she intends to make a statement to Parliament shortly, setting out the Scottish Government’s next steps. Following the unequivocal backing [...]...
  • GEA Brings Together Technologies to Supply Extended Production Line For BMI GEA has recently been selected to supply an extended pasta filata cheese production line for BMI in Jessen, Germany. With this exemplary project GEA brings together its joint cheese-making expertise, resulting from its acquisition of de Klokslag and CMT in 2014 and 2015 respectively, with GEA’s flow and processing experience to provide a single offering for this [...]...
  • Bosch Packaging Technology Wins German Design Award 2018 The Sigpack VPF (Vertical Platform for Flat Pouches), the first freely scalable flat pouch machine from Bosch, has been honoured with the German Design Award 2018 in the Excellent Product Design category. The German Design Council presents the prestigious award on an annual basis. The German Design Award is the second prestigious accolade for the [...]...
  • Premier Foods Returns to Revenue Growth Premier Foods, the UK convenience food group, has reported group revenue of £353.3 million for the 26 weeks ended 30 September 2017 – an increase of 1.5% on the prior period – with Branded revenue in line with last year at £295.4 million while Non-branded revenue increased by 10.1% to £57.9 million. Group reported half year [...]...

$3 Million Earmarked For UK Laboratory to Coordinate World FMD Reference Labs

$3 Million Earmarked For UK Laboratory to Coordinate World FMD Reference Labs
July 06
10:33 2012

The world reference laboratory for foot and mouth disease (FMD) at Pirbright in Surrey has been acknowledged by the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN) and OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health) as the centre of global expertise on research, surveillance and diagnostics for FMD. Funding of $3 million over five years will be provided to support the laboratory which is part of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)-funded Institute for Animal Health.

This news follows the recent launch of the FAO and OIE global FMD control strategy and puts Pirbright at the centre of the first five-year phase of work.

Dr Jef Hammond, head of the Institute’s World, EU, OIE and national reference laboratories for FMD, says: “The initial phase of the strategy, which includes the funding for our lab, gives us an opportunity on a global scale to implement the measures that we know can work to control FMD. The FAO and OIE are promoting a coordinated approach across the world using effective diagnostics, vaccines and other control measures – many of which were developed here at Pirbright.”

Dr Hammond plans to use the funds to create a dedicated team at Pirbright that will focus on delivering the aims of the global foot and mouth disease control strategy.

The UK has seen the devastating economic impact of FMD with the 2001 outbreak costing at least £8 billion. And the potential impact on food security is enormous, particularly at a time when consumption of animal protein is rising and the global population is set to reach 9 billion by 2050. However, the UK is fortunate in being currently FMD free.

Around the world FMD is endemic in many countries and the global losses are estimated at $5 billion per year. The World Bank has suggested a budget of just under $1 billion over five years to fund the initial programme of work.

Dr Bryan Charleston, head of the Livestock Viral Disease Programme at the Institute, comments “Over the 15 years covered by this strategy and with the funding committed there is a chance to make great strides not only in FMD but to improve veterinary services and control of many livestock diseases across the world. Ultimately we will need to have vaccines against FMD that are at least as effective as existing vaccines but are easier to manufacture and handle. At the Institute we are focused on developing vaccines that can be produced on a large scale without the need for high containment facilities and that are stable at higher temperatures.”

About Author

mike

mike

Related Articles



Food & Drink Business Conference & Exhibition 2016

Upcoming Events

  • November 28, 2017Fi Europe
  • December 4, 2017Plastics and Paper in Contact with Foodstuffs 2017
  • January 8, 2018RAI Exhibition
  • January 16, 2018Sival Plant Production Trade Show
AEC v1.0.4

find food jobs

The Magazine

F&D Business Preferred Suppliers

New Subscriber





Subscribe Here



Advertisements