Brussels, 15 May 2001
disease: Results of the Standing Veterinary
The Standing Veterinary Committee
(SVC) today voted in favour of several Commission
proposals with regard to foot-and-mouth disease (FMD).
The proposals relate to the Netherlands, the EU-wide
measures and Brazil.
As from next week on, the transport of
live bovine and porcine animals from farms in the
Netherlands directly to a slaughterhouse in another Member
State will be authorised, subject to notification of the
competent authorities of the Member State of destination
and transit. This decision only applies for animals
originating from the area south of the river
Rijn-Waal-Merwede and west of the highway A-27.
The EU-wide restrictions on the movement
of live bovine and porcine animals will be further relaxed.
The authorisation by the competent authorities of the
Member State of departure of animals from prevously
restricted areas will still be necessary but simple
notification of the veterinary authorities of the Member
State of destination will be sufficient. (No formal
authorisation necessary any more). The restrictions on the
movement of other FMD susceptible animals, a.i sheep and
goats, remain in place.
Outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease in
the region of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil have been
confirmed. In order to prevent the spread of the disease,
the Brazilian authorities have introduced a programme of
vaccination of bovine animals in the affected
Due to this situation, the SVC voted in
favour of a Commission proposal to suspend the import of
all fresh meat from FMD susceptible species from the region
Rio Grande do Sul. The import of deboned fresh meat which
was produced on or before 9 May is still authorised. The
SVC agreed to study the information received from Brazil
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
Released on 16/05/2001
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