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Brussels, 15 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). The proposals relate to the Netherlands, the EU-wide measures and Brazil.

The Netherlands

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.

EU-wide measures

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.

Brazil

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 region.

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 vaccination.

Released on 16/05/2001

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