Brussels, 11 April 2001
adopts further restrictions after latest FMD outbreak in
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
The Commission however today decided to
adopt supplementary interim Community protective
In particular, it is now
- 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
- 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
FOOD SAFETY |
DIRECTORATE GENERAL "HEALTH
& CONSUMER PROTECTION"