Brussels, 14 June 2001
in Spain -
Commission adopts export restrictions
The European Commission has taken a
decision to restrict exports of live pigs and porcine
semen, ova and embryos from Catalonia (Spain), in
response to an outbreak of classical swine fever (CSF).
CSF is a highly infectious viral disease of swine but
poses no risk to humans. Similar restrictions have been
adopted in the past in relation to outbreaks in several
other Member States. The Commission decision will apply
from today till 30 June. A special meeting of the
Standing Veterinary Committee will review the situation
next Friday, 22 June.
The Commission services were notified
today of an outbreak of classical swine fever in a holding
in the province of Lerida in Catalonia. No pigs have
according to the available information left the holding
except for slaughter since 14 May 2001. Spanish authorities
have taken measures provided for in Council Directive
80/217/EEC of 2.1.1980 introducing Community measures for
the control of Classical Swine Fever. The measures include
the establishment of a 3 km protection zone and 10 km
surveillance zone around the infected premise, a census of
all holdings in both zones, as well as tracing the
movements of live animals and vehicles on and off the
premises in the previous two weeks.
The Commission services are in close and
permanent contact with the Spanish authorities and have
been kept fully informed of developments. The Standing
Veterinary Committee will review all available information
on the recent outbreak of CSF at the meeting scheduled for
22 June when there should be a clearer picture of the scope
of the outbreak and the effectiveness of the control
measures adopted by the Spanish authorities.
Released on 15/06/2001
Classical Swine Fever is a highly
contagious viral disease of swine which can spread via trade
in live pigs, fresh pig meat and certain meat-based products.
Pigs can become infected by ingestion, inhalation, genital
(semen) infection or by contamination of abrasions. Most
spread of CSF is by contact with infected pigs. It can also
be transmitted indirectly by fomites such as contaminated
manure, farm equipment, trucks , boots and
FOOD SAFETY |
DIRECTORATE GENERAL "HEALTH
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