7 October 2003

Stranded sheep offered to 25 countries

Australia had gone back to 25 countries to try to sell them 52,000 sheep stranded aboard a ship for the past two months, Agriculture Minister Warren Truss said today. But he admitted an analysis on the quarantine risk was not yet complete.

Mr Truss said Australia was using an independent veterinary report to prove to potential customers that the sheep were disease-free and fit for human consumption.

He said a vet from the Office International des Epizooties (OIE) had given the sheep, stuck aboard the MV Cormo Express, a clean bill of health.

Countries which had initially expressed interest in the sheep but were concerned about their disease status had now been presented with the OIE report.

I wonder if they've tried Nauru?

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