Brussels, 11 July 2001
Results of the
Standing Veterinary Committee
The Standing Veterinary Committee
(SVC) today voted in favour of European Commission
proposals with regard to classical swine fever (CSF)
and foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). On CSF the area in
Spain from where the exports of live pigs and porcine
semen, ova and embryos are banned has been reviewed and
on FMD the restrictions applicable in the United
Kingdom and Uruguay have been prolonged. These
proposals will now be adopted by the Commission in the
next days. On FMD, the Committee also adopted a
statement calling to maintain a high level of disease
awareness and preparedness throghout the European
Classical swine fever in Spain
Since 14 June 2001, the date of the
first outbreak, eighteen outbreaks of classical swine fever
(CSF) have been confirmed in Spain. Most of the outbreaks
(15) are concentrated in the province of Lerida in Cataluña
and one in the province of Castellón, at the border of
Cataluña. Yesterday however two cases have been confirmed
in a new area, more to the south: One in the province of
Valencia and the other in the province of Cuenca.
Spanish authorities have taken actions
provided for in Council Directive 80/217/EEC of 2.1.1980
introducing Community measures for the control of CSF
around the affected areas. Furthermore, Spain today adopted
supplementary precautionary measures by banning any
movement of pigs in the whole country except directly to
the slaughterhouse. With this decision all exports of pigs
are also banned.
The disease situation still being
unclear, the Commission proposed to prolong the protective
measures for a certain time, to extend it to other areas
and to exclude non affected areas from the decision.
In detail, dispatch of live pigs and
porcine semen, ova and embryos are banned from the
following areas in Spain:
- In the Comunidad Autonoma de Cataluña:
all the comarcas in the Province of Lerida; the comarca of
Anoia in the Province of Barcelona; the comarcas of Conca
de Barberá, Priorat and Rivera d'Ebre in the Province of
- In the Comunidad Autonoma de Valencia:
the comarcas de Chelva, Llira, Utiel, Requena, Torre Baja
in the Province of Valencia;
- In the Comunidad Autonoma de Castilla
la Mancha: the comarcas of Landete, Cañete and Motilla del
Palancar in the Province of Cuenca.
- In the Comunidad Autonoma de Aragon,
the municipalities of Arcos de las Salinas, Torrijas and
Abejuelas in the Province of Teruel.
The proposal will now be formally
adopted by the Commission and shall apply until 31 July.
The Standing Veterinary Committee (SVC) will review the
situation at its next meeting, for the moment scheduled for
Foot-and-mouth disease in the United Kingdom
The restrictions still applying to the
United Kingdom with regard to foot-and-mouth disease (FMD),
applying until 20 July 2001, have been prolonged until 30
September 2001. These restrictions are: The prohibition to
export from Great Britain live susceptible animals, fresh
meat and meat products, fresh milk and milk products and
other animal products from those species, unless the latter
are treated appropriately.
Foot-and-mouth disease in Uruguay
On 23 April 2001 Uruguay confirmed
outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease and suspended exports
of fresh meat from susceptible species. On 19 May 2001, the
Commission adopted a decision confirming this suspension
until 30 days after completion of the emergency vaccination
programme introduced by Uruguay. The intention of the
Commission was to re-authorise the import of deboned and
maturated meat from 16 July onwards.
A mission of the Commission Food and
Veterinary Office took place in Uruguay at the end of June.
The findings of this mission raise some concerns in
relation to certain control measures in place in Uruguay
concerning the current FMD situation, in particular
concerning the number of outbreaks, the control of animal
movements and the meat maturation process.
Therefore, the SVC voted in favour of a
Commission proposal to prolong the suspension of imports
from Uruguay into the European Union of fresh meat from FMD
susceptible species until the disease situation has further
stabilised and the deficiencies noted during the mission
have been rectified.
Statement on foot-and-mouth disease
The SVC adopted the following statement
on the situation of foot-and-mouth disease:
"The Standing Veterinary Committee at
its meeting of 11 July 2001 took note of the report by the
United Kingdom (UK) delegation of the recent foot-and-mouth
disease (FMD) evolution in Great Britain. The Committee
acknowledged the progress made in controlling the disease
in most parts of the UK; however it shares the concerns of
the veterinary services in the UK about the occurrence or
recurrence of FMD in or near existing infected
The Committee concluded that a high
level of disease awareness and preparedness must be
maintained throughout the Community.
The Committee therefore strongly urges
the competent authorities and stakeholders in all Member
States to maintain their vigilance and to fully support the
measures taken in close collaboration between the
Commission and the Member States to eradicate FMD from the
whole of the EU territory".
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