Import ban of
ruminants from south-east Europe due to bluetongue
The European Commission has adopted a
decision to ban the imports of live animals and their semen,
embryos and ova of the bluetongue susceptible species (sheep,
goats, cattle and wild ruminants) originating from or
transiting through Albania, Bulgaria, the Former Yugoslav
Republic of Macedonia and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
Similar restrictions are also in place in the areas of the
European Union where this disease occurs (Greece, the
Balearics, Corsica and some areas in Italy). The new decision
has been taken after outbreaks of bluetongue have been
confirmed recently in Bulgaria at the border with the
Republic of Yugoslavia and in Greece in the vicinity of
Albania and the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia.
Bluetongue is an easy-spreading viral disease of domestic and
wild ruminants transmitted by insects. It is not known to
affect humans. For more information on this disease see on
the internet at:
FOOD SAFETY |
DIRECTORATE GENERAL "HEALTH
& CONSUMER PROTECTION"