Statement by Philip Tod, spokesperson of Markos Kyprianou, on the foot-and-mouth disease in the United Kingdom

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-054787   Duration: 10:04:24  Lieu:
End production: 06/08/2007
The European Commission has been informed by the British veterinary authorities of a confirmed outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in a cattle holding near Guildford in Surrey, England. All measures foreseen by EC legislation on FMD are being applied, including the culling of all animals in the infected premises, the establishment of a protection zone of three kilometres radius and a surveillance zone of 10 kilometres around the premises and increased biosecurity. In addition, a movement ban of all ruminants and pigs has been imposed across Great Britain. The European Commission services remain in close contact with the British authorities. The Commission has also adopted an emergency decision confirming the measures being applied in accordance with EC legislation, concerning restrictions on the movement of animals and the dispatch of products from the United Kingdom. Further tests are ongoing in the Community Reference Laboratory in Pirbright to determine the exact strain of the virus.

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10:00:05 Exterior view of the European Commission Berlaymont building 00:00:07
10:00:12 General view of the speakers in the press room 00:00:06
10:00:18 Philip Tod, spokesperson of Markos Kyprianou, Member of the EC in charge of Health, (in ENGLISH) saying that the European Commission has been informed by the British authorities of a confirmed outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) on a cattle farm near Guildford in Surrey, England; the Commission services immediately informed all the Member States and issued a press release that the British authorities were taking all the necessary measures in compliance with EU legislation, notably there were culling of the animals on the infected premises and an established 3 km protection around the infected holding and a 10 km surveillance zone around that holding; they also began immediately to implement increased security in the affected area and impose a movement ban on all ruminants and pigs throughout Great Britain 00:00:52
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10:01:16 Philip Tod (in ENGLISH) saying that the Commission will be adopting, by a written procedure, a decision outlining the measures to be applied by Great Britain in responding to this outbreak; they will essentially confirm the measures which are already being applied by the British authorities; the main element will be the establishment of a high risk area from which live animals, that is to say cattle, pigs, sheep and goats, can not be exported to other Member States, nor can fresh meat and milk products be exported to other Member States 00:00:45
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10:02:07 Philip Tod (in ENGLISH) saying that the high risk area is the area from which both live animals and fresh meat and milk products are banned; so, since that high risk area is going to be defined as the territory of Great Britain, not Northern Ireland, just Great Britain, the ban on products as well as alive animals will apply to the whole of Great Britain 00:00:20
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10:02:33 Philip Tod (in ENGLISH) saying that the British authorities have taken this step as a precaution, first of all, and also because they are doing tracing of the concerned animals and as a precaution to avoid the possible spread of the virus and to contain the virus; it might be a temporary measure, it could be a reviewed 00:00:30
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10:03:09 Philip Tod (in ENGLISH) saying that there have not been, to his knowledge, any other outbreaks confirmed by the British authorities so far; but the minimum period of time for the protection zone to remain in place is 15 days, so that is an indication of how long they will have to wait; for the surveillance zone, the minimum period for that remaining place is 30 days after the animals have been culled; so they will have to wait and see how the situation evolves and in light of the evolution of the situation they will adapt the measures that are been taken accordingly 00:00:38
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10:03:53 Philip Tod (in ENGLISH) saying that there is a responsability for the British authorities to ensure that the operators of ports of exit in the United Kingdom ensure that the tyres of road vehicles departing from the United Kingdom are desinfected; so the responsibility is on the British authorities to take measures to desinfect first of all and the vehicles which may be used for live animal transport, but also the ports of exit of the United Kingdom, the road vehicles departing from the United Kingdom are desinfected, the wheels are desinfected 00:00:31
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