Swine fever in
the UK : Some restrictions lifted
Despite another case of classical
swine fever confirmed on 4 September in East Anglia,
the Standing Veterinary Committee of the EU today has
given a favourable opinion to two Commission proposals
on the control of classical swine fever in the United
Kingdom. Some of the restrictions on trade so far
adopted will therefore be lifted.
Under the first proposal the
restrictions on pig movements so far adopted in Essex will
be lifted on 15 September, if the veterinary controls
currently being carried out show the absence of disease in
this county. This will enable the export of live pigs and
porcine semen from Essex to recommence. The export
restrictions in Suffolk and Norfolk remain in place.
The second proposal will allow the
slaughter of pigs in the area surrounding the District of
Old Buckenham in Norfolk, where all pig movements had been
banned due to an outbreak at the beginning of August. The
meat of these pigs could be marketed if they pass the
rigorous veterinary controls established.
During the discussion in the Standing
Veterinary Committee several Member States noted that their
support for the lifting of some restrictions was made
possible by the effective work so far carried out by the UK
veterinary authorities to control the classical swine fever
outbreak in East Anglia.
The two proposals should also encourage
British pig-farmers to continue their co-operation with the
veterinary authorities to successfully eradicate the
disease as quickly as possible. However, it is expected
that further disease outbreaks will be reported in the
coming days and this underlines the need for continued
caution and rigorous controls.
The two proposals will be formally
adopted by the Commission as Decisions in the next few
Released on 06/09/2000
FOOD SAFETY |
DIRECTORATE GENERAL "HEALTH
& CONSUMER PROTECTION"