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Salmonella and Food-borne Diseases - Other activities

SANCO Workshop on Salmonella Control in Pigs 26 February 2009

Agenda

Presentations

Special guarantees as regard Salmonella

When Sweden and Finland joined the EU special guarantees on Salmonella were provided as regards trade fromother countries of certain live animals and products. The reason for these guarantees was the favourable situation as regards the Salmonella prevalence in those Member States and the strict programmes applied. Norway has the same guarantees. The current guarantees are laid down in:

(See Regulation (EC) No 776/2006

Other Member States or region of a Member States can obtain special guarantees if it has a control programme recognised as equivalent to that approved for Sweden and Finland in accordance with Regulations (EC) No 853/2004 (foodstuffs) and 2160/2003 (animals).

A guidance Guidance document on the minimum requirements for Salmonella control programmes to be recognised equivalent to those approved for Sweden and Finland in respect of meat and eggs of Gallus gallus is available: Guidance document

Antimicrobial resistance

There is an increasing concern on the development of antimicrobial resistance in food-borne pathogens such as Salmonella, Campylobacter and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). An overview of this issue presented during a coordination meeting on 17 January 2008.

Training activities

In 2007 five four-day training courses on the monitoring and control of zoonoses and on microbiological criteria in foodstuffs were organised for competent authorities within the frame of "Better training for safer food" programme. A similar training will be organised in 2008.

Nomination of Community reference laboratories

Following the "stable to table" approach the Commission has introduced other tools to control foodborne pathogens along the food chain, in particular the revision of the microbiological criteria for foodstuffs in Community legislation.

Campylobacter

On request of the Commission EFSA has published the "Scientific Opinion on Campylobacter in broiler meat production: control options and performance objectives and/or targets at different stages of the food chain"

The Commission has asked for an analysis of the costs and benefits of setting control measures for Campylobacter based on the EFSA opinion. The cost model is available in an easy-to-use excel file and can be adjusted to Member States´ individual situations."

See also "Implementation of the Directive" for baseline surveys on zoonoses others than Salmonella.

DG SANCO workshop on the control of Campylobacter in poultry

Brucellosis and tuberculosis

A number of other control or eradication programmes covering diseases/infections which may be transmitted directly or indirectly to humans, in particular via food, are also co-financed by the Community, in particular brucellosis in large and small ruminants as well as tuberculosis in cattle.

VTEC

The results of a Food and Veterinary Office survey of national actions to reduce the risk of food contamination by E.Coli bacteria, are included in the pdf document "Staff Paper" below.

Staff paper pdf (FVO) on the results of a series of missions to review the operations of control over Verocytoxinogenic Escherichia Coli in the food production sector with particular reference to red meat, meat products and milk/milk products.