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Brussels, 11 April 2001

FMD: Commission adopts further restrictions after latest FMD outbreak in the Netherlands

The European Commission adopted today protective measures following an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in the province of Friesland in the Netherlands. The dispatch of species of live animals which are susceptible to foot-and-mouth disease from anywhere in the Netherlands is already prohibited. In addition, the consignment of fresh meat and meat products, milk and milk products and other animal products from these species from the Netherlands (provinces of Groningen, Friesland, Drenthe, Noord-Holland, Flevoland, Overijssel, Gelderland, Utrecht, Zuid-Holland, Limburg, Noord-Brabant and Zeeland) is prohibited, unless these products are treated appropriately. Vehicles used for the transport of livestock and milk have to be disinfected. Commissioner David Byrne said that this latest outbreak of food and mouth disease in Friesland is "regrettable and places additional pressures on the farming community. Everybody concerned, from farmers themselves to the Member States' public authorities must remain vigilant and rigorously implement Community legislation and best veterinary practice. Everybody must rally around the Community's policy of effectively stamping out this disease."

An outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease was confirmed today in the Netherlands on a farm in the province of Friesland. Protection and surveillance zones had already been set up around this farm.

The existing ban on animal movements was reinforced by the Netherlands today. A total standstill throughout the Netherlands for any livestock, livestock transport vehicles and some products like manure has already been established. Milk collection can only take place subject to strong cleaning and disinfection conditions and not in the protection and surveillance zones.

The Commission however today decided to adopt supplementary interim Community protective measures.

In particular, it is now prohibited:

- to move live susceptible animals (bovine, ovine, caprine and porcine species and other biungulates) and their germinal products from the Netherlands to other Member States and third countries;

- the restrictions on dispatch to other Member States and third countries of products, notably fresh meat and meat products, milk and milk products, hides and skins and other animal products from the same species are extended to the Netherlands.

The Commission is actively monitoring the situation with the full co-operation of the veterinary authorities in the Netherlands and in the Member States. The situation will be reviewed at a special meeting of the Standing Veterinary Committee on 19 April 2001. David Byrne, Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, will visit the Netherlands on Wednesday 18 th April 2001 at the invitation of Mr. Brinkhorst, the Dutch Agriculture Minister.

Released on 19/04/2001


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