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Brussels, 8 May 2001

Foot-and-mouth disease: Results of the Standing Veterinary Committee

The Standing Veterinary Committee (SVC) today voted in favour of several Commission proposals with regard to foot-and-mouth disease (FMD).

EU-wide measures

The EU-wide restrictions on the movement of live animals susceptible to FMD will be relaxed mainly in relation to bovine and pigs. The use of assembly centres, markets etc. will be possible for those species. Restrictions will still apply for sheep and goats. These provisions do not affect the provisions concerning The Netherlands.

The Netherlands

As from 15 May on, The Netherlands can start consigning live pigs from the area south of the river Rhine again for immediate slaughter to other EU Member States with the authorisation of the competent authorities of the Member State of destination. As soon as the European Commission has adopted the decision, The Netherlands can also dispatch fresh meat and meat products, milk and milk products and other animal products from FMD susceptible species from the whole country except from the protection and surveillance zones around Oene and in Friesland. The Commission is due to adopt this decision on 10 May.

United Kingdom

All restrictions are prolonged until 19 June 2001.


The country has banned exports of meat after a FMD outbreak on 23 April. With regard to meat which is already on its way to Europe by ship, the SVC voted in favour of a Commission proposal to allow the import into the Community of fresh meat which was produced before 23 March and of deboned and maturated meat which was produced before 23 April. Uruguay undergoes a complete vaccination programme of all bovines which is scheduled to be completed on 24 May. The SVC agreed to study the information received from Uruguay after the vaccination programme has been completed and with the objective to allow the resumption of the import of deboned fresh meat 30 days after the completion of the vaccination.

The next meeting of the Standing Veterinary Committee is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, 15 and 16 May 2001.

Released on 11/05/2001


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