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Monday, 22 July, 2002, 16:07 GMT 17:07 UK
At-a-glance: The Anderson inquiry
Nick Brown
Former agriculture minister Nick Brown was criticised
The inquiry into the UK Government's handling of the foot-and-mouth epidemic is published on Monday.

This report into last year's outbreak is the last of three ordered after the epidemic which is thought to have cost the nation 8bn.

Here are the key findings in the Lessons To Be Learned report:

  • The report highlights ministers' failure to prepare for such an outbreak

  • It stresses the importance of contingency plans for the future in case of another outbreak

  • The military should be contacted at "the earliest appropriate, opportunity" to provide advice and support when an outbreak occurs

  • A comprehensive animal health strategy needs to be developed

  • Vaccination should form part of a future strategy for containing the disease and that should be vaccination to live rather than vaccination to kill

  • Former agriculture minister Nick Brown lost the trust of the public by saying the disease was under control when it was not

  • A national ban on livestock movements should apply when the first foot-and-mouth case was confirmed but the report acknowledged this would not necessarily have prevented the epidemic

  • The livestock industry should promote good practice and tackle poor standards of farming

  • Burning animals on mass pyres should not be used as a strategy in future for disposing of slaughtered cattle



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