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MSD found in breach of NOAH code on promotion
Bovilis BVD is a bovine viral diarrhoea vaccine for cattle.
Breach regards promotional material for Bovilis BVD

Pharmaceutical company MSD Animal Health has been found to be in breach of the NOAH Code of Practice for the Promotion of Animal Medicines.

The breach is with regard to a promotional leaflet and advertisements for Bovilis BVD, a bovine viral diarrhoea vaccine for cattle. The NOAH Code of Practice Committee concluded that the tagline “P.I. or not P.I.? That is the question!” was in breach of Clauses 4.3 (i), (ii), (iii) and 4.6 of the Code of Practice.

Further details of the Committee ruling are expected to be made shortly and will be published on the NOAH website. 

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RSPCA braced for ‘hectic hedgehog month’

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 The RSPCA says that it is bracing itself for a ‘hectic hedgehog month’ after calls to the charity about the creatures peaked this time last year.

More than 10,000 calls about hedgehogs were made to the RSPCA’s national helpline in 2018, 1,867 of which were in July. This compares with just 133 calls received in February of the same year.

Evie Button, the RSPCA’s scientific officer, said: “July is our busiest month for hedgehogs. Not only do calls about hedgehogs peak, but so do admissions to our four wildlife centres as members of the public and our own officers bring in orphaned, sick or injured animals for treatment and rehabilitation.” 

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ASF traces found in seized meat at NI airport

More than 300kg of illegal meat and dairy products were seized at Northern Ireland’s airports in June, DAERA has revealed.

A sample of these were tested at the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, resulting in the detection of African swine fever DNA fragments.

DAERA said that while the discovery does not pose a significant threat to Northern Ireland’s animal health status, it underlines the importance of controls placed on personal imports of meat and dairy products. Holidaymakers travelling overseas are being reminded not to bring any animal or plant products back home.