Statement by Philip Tod, spokesperson of Markos Kyprianou, on the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health
End production: 03/10/2007 First transmission: 03/10/2007
Philip Tod, spokesperson of Markos Kyprianou, Member of the EC in charge of Health, announced two decisions adopted by the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health. On relation with the foot-and-mouth disease, restrictions on the movement of animals and animal products from Britain would be partially lifted if there was no new outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease. Regarding bluetongue, the restriction zone has been extended to cover parts of South East England and more areas in France, Denmark, the Czech Republic and Portugal, due to further outbreaks of the disease.
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||Philip Tod, spokesperson of Markos Kyprianou, Member of the EC in charge of Health, (in ENGLISH) on the foot-and-mouth disease; saying that under the draft Decision agreed by the Standing Committee, the whole of Great Britain would remain a high-risk area with regard to the movement restrictions for susceptible animals and untreated products;
the export of fresh beef and sheep meat would be allowed to resume from parts of Great Britain which fall outside a 200 km area around the surveillance zone in South-East England, subject to strict animal health conditions;
for 30 days prior to slaughter, the animals used to produce this meat would have to be kept on the same holding, and for 21 days prior to these animals being moved, no new susceptible livestock could be introduced to the holding; in addition, at the slaughterhouse, the animals would have to be killed immediately, and ante- and post-mortem inspections for possible signs of FMD would have to be carried out; the meat would then have to be quarantined for 24 hours and could only be dispatched if there was no suspicion of disease in the holding of origin; this provision allowing certain parts of Great Britain to export fresh meat will be automatically suspended if an FMD outbreak occurs anywhere beyond the 200km zone in the South-East
||Philip Tod (in ENGLISH) on bluetongue; saying that the restriction zones have been amended to cover parts of South East England, as well as areas in France, Denmark, the Czech Republic and Portugal, due to further outbreaks of the disease
||Philip Tod (in ENGLISH) on bluetongue; saying that in particular there will be a stronger surveillance, there will be requirements for all the infected countries to carry out compulsory surveillance for bluetongue; and countries without bluetongue must carry out a level of surveillance appropriate to the risk;
the main change that has been introduced will be that the requirement for prior authoritation for animals to be moved from a protected zone to another Member State will be removed for safe animals; the animals that have been vaccinated properly will be able to move freely and it will no longer be compulsory to ask for a prior authorisation of the Member State of destination, as it is currently the case
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