Fears of an FMD outbreak in the southern US faded when livestock tests proved negative, but the brief scare posed questions about what would happen to the world meat trade if the disease took hold in North America. Asked by The Grocer if the effects might be favourable, UK pig market analyst John Strak noted the Americans and Canadians had recently become "almost paranoid" as FMD spread around the world. But if their own herds became infected there would no longer be much purpose to many of barriers currently obstructing international pork trade. {{M/E MEAT }}