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Food and Feed Safety (08-06-2005)

Target agreed for reduction of prevalence of Salmonella in breeding flocks

The Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCFCAH) has voted in favour of a Regulation setting a Community target to reduce the level of salmonella serotypes in breeding flocks of chickens. This measure is in line with Regulation 2160/2003 on the control of salmonella and other food-borne zoonotic agents. The legislation proposes a set target of no more than 1% of positive cases of salmonella in flocks of 250 birds or more. The target should be reached by December 31, 2009, and a testing scheme to verify that the target is being met is outlined in an annex to the Regulation. The Standing Committee’s endorsement of the Regulation paves the way for Member States to prepare their national control programmes to reach this target, which must be submitted to the Commission and be in place by January 1, 2007.