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Brussels, 12 June 2001

FMD : Nearly all restrictions now lifted

The Standing Veterinary Committee (SVC) today voted in favour of a European Commission proposal with regard to foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in the Netherlands.

The restrictive measures in the Netherlands have been further relaxed. The transport to other Member States of live cattle and pigs for breeding, rearing and slaughter from farms in the Netherlands situated outside the surveillance zone around Oene in the provinces of Overijssel and Gelderland will be authorised. Such transports remain subject to notification to the competent authorities of the Member State of destination and transit. The protection and surveillance zone around Kootwijkerbroek has been lifted by the Netherlands in accordance with Community legislation.

The remaining restrictions in the Netherlands are: Prohibition of export of all animals of species susceptible to FMD and products derived from such animals from the surveillance zone around Oene, and of sheep and goats from the whole country. These measures still apply until 25 June 2001.

After this date, no more Community protection measures relating to foot-and-mouth disease will apply in any Member State except Great Britain.

Released on 13/06/2001

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