Call For World Cup Team Effort
NFU is calling on England football fans to take full precautions
to ensure they don't bring foot and mouth disease back from their
World Cup trip to Japan and South Korea.
are calling for the support of England fans that will travel to
Jeju in South Korea for the England v South Korea World Cup warm-up
match on Tuesday (21 May).
match is the only game England will be playing in South Korea -
currently fighting a major foot and mouth epidemic - but it still
poses a very real threat, say UK farmers.
President Ben Gill said: "Farmers wish our England football
team the very best of luck. But it would be an absolute tragedy
if we let down our guard and let foot and mouth back into the country.
would implore those fans who attend the South Korean friendly to
stay away from infected areas and avoid coming into contact with
livestock during their travels.
would also urge them not to take a risk in bringing South Korean
food or meat back with them to the UK."
Gill said he was also writing to DEFRA Secretary of State Margaret
Beckett to call for enhanced vigilance and decontamination efforts
at border crossings and airports - to ensure a "real team effort"