Brussels, 9 October 2001
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)
in Uruguay and classical swine fever (CSF) in Spain.
For Uruguay, the suspension of imports of de-boned
fresh meat from Uruguay because of FMD outbreaks has
been lifted. The area in Spain from which exports are
restricted because of CSF has been further reduced. The
proposals will now be adopted by the Commission in the
Foot-and-mouth disease in
On 23 April 2001 Uruguay confirmed
outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease and suspended exports
of all fresh meat from FMD susceptible species. On 19 May
2001, the Commission adopted a decision confirming the
import restrictions into the EU.
Vaccination against FMD of all bovine
animals has been carried out twice in the meantime with the
objective to regain the status of FMD-free country with
vaccination and thus to allow the resumption of the export
of deboned fresh meat from FMD susceptible animals. Two
inspection missions from the Commission Food and Veterinary
Office (FVO) took place to examine the epidemiological
situation regarding FMD and the control measures in place.
The result of the missions show the disease situation has
The Commission therefore proposed to
lift the suspension of imports into the EU of deboned and
maturated fresh meat from bovine, ovine and caprine animals
slaughtered as from 1 November 2001 and Member States
agreed with this proposal.
Classical swine fever in Spain
The SVC voted in favour of a Commission
proposal to further reduce the area in Spain from which the
export of live pigs and porcine semen, ova and embryos are
banned in response to outbreaks of classical swine fever
(CSF). The area under restriction in the province of Lerida
will be reduced to three comarcas (Pla d'Urgell, Urgell and
Noguera) compared to six comarcas until now. After formal
adoption by the Commission, the decision is applicable
until 15 November.
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