§ 36. Mr. GRAHAM WHITE
asked the Minister of Agriculture if he has any evidence to connect any recent outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease with the importation of plate pollards?
§ Mr. N. BUXTON
In one recent case suspicion attached to plate pollards as being the possible medium whereby foot-and-mouth disease was introduced, either through the pollards being infected or through the sacks in which they were contained being contaminated by South American animal products carried on the same vessel, but no proof was obtainable that the outbreak was due to this cause. Moreover, although a total of 26,128 sacks of plate pollards was carried on this vessel, no other outbreak occurred, which could be connected in any way with this cargo.