Disruption of the home-produced pigmeat market has increased due to tougher legal restrictions on livestock movement to prevent the spread of swine fever, although as The Grocer went to press it appeared the epidemic had been contained within the original East Anglian areas of infection. MAFF's chief veterinary officer Jim Scudamore announced stricter controls on September 8 after discovering farmers were moving stock away from units near holdings with suspected cases, creating a risk of wider contamination. But the Pig Veterinary Society wrote to agriculture minister Nick Brown claiming the controls were inadequate and a major culling programme was needed to avoid "repeating the mistakes that were made by MAFF at the start of the BSE epidemic in cattle". {{MEAT }}