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Brussels, 23 May 2001

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

The Standing Veterinary Committee (SVC) today voted in favour of Commission proposals with regard to foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). The proposals concern the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the EU-wide measures on animal movements.

The Netherlands

As from 29 May, the transport of live bovine and porcine animals from farms situated in the provinces of Friesland, Groningen, Drenthe and Flevoland (Northern part of 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. Bovine and porcine animals from the area south of the River Rijn-Waal-Merwede and west of the highway A-27 were already authorised for transportation to a slaughterhouse since 18 May but may now also be traded for breeding and production. Export of all susceptible species from the Oene region and of sheep and goats from the whole country remain prohibited.

EU-wide measures

The EU-wide restrictions on the movement of live bovine and porcine animals have been prolonged, but the movement through staging points may be authorised for bovine and porcine animals for breeding and production and for sheep and goats for breeding.

The United Kingdom

The measures applicable to equidae dispatch from the United Kingdom have been modified. The restrictions previously requiring a residence for the last 15 days prior to certification outside protection and surveillance zones are now limited to the holding of dispatch, which must not be a holding where foot-and-mouth disease was either suspected or confirmed.

The next Standing Veterinary Committee discussion on foot-and-mouth disease is scheduled for 5-6 June.

Released on 28/05/2001

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