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Brussels, 5 June 2001

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

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

The United Kingdom

For the first time, the restrictive measures in the United Kingdom have been relaxed. All measures in Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man will be lifted as soon as the decision is adopted formally by the European Commission. The remaining restrictions applying to Great Britain have been prolonged until 20 July 2001. These restrictions are: The dispatch of live susceptible animals, fresh meat and meat products, fresh milk and milk products and other animal products from this species, unless the latter are treated appropriately.

The Netherlands

The transport of live bovine and porcine animals from farms situated in the provinces of Friesland, Groningen, Drenthe and Flevoland (i.e.: The northern part of the Netherlands) directly to a slaughterhouse in another Member State were already authorised since 29 May. These animals may now also be traded for breeding and rearing from these provinces.

The transport of live bovine and porcine animals from farms situated outside the surveillance zones around Oene and Kootwijkerbroek in the provinces Overijssel, in the part of the province of Gelderland north of the river Rijn-Waal-Merwede or in the part of the province of Utrecht situated east of the highway A-27 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.

Export of all susceptible species from the surveillance zones around Oene and Kootwijkerbroek and of sheep and goats from the whole country remain prohibited. These restricitions still apply until 25 June 2001.

The next Standing Veterinary Committee discussion on foot-and-mouth disease is scheduled for12 June.

Released on 20/06/2001

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