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Food Safety

Health - Regulatory Committees - Standing Veterinary Committee 

Short report of the meeting (2000/31) held in Brussels on 21 November 2000

President: Mr. Bernard Van Goethem

All the Member States were represented.

1. Exchange of views of the Committee on the evolution of animal diseases in the Community including:

Classical swine fever

United Kingdom

The UK delegation distributed and presented report n° 7 on the CSF situation in Great Britain. The last outbreak was confirmed on 03/11/2000. There have been no further outbreaks confirmed since that date. The total number of outbreaks to date remains at 16.

Austria (CSF in feral pigs)

The Austrian delegation distributed and presented a report containing information on the one outbreak confirmed and on the measures taken in respect of feral pigs as well as the domestic pigs in the area. Epidemiological investigation showed that in a number of feral pigs tested, antibodies were found. Tests in the domestic pig holdings were found to be negative.

The Commission requested Austria to submit an eradication plan to be approved by the Standing Veterinary Committee.

The Commission also distributed the following documents:

- Information on the classical swine fever situation in feral pigs in Germany (January-June 2000) (Doc. SANCO/4022/2000)

- Report of a Symposium on classical swine fever in the wild boar (Greifswald, Germany - 19 May 2000) (Doc. SANCO/3916/2000)

African swine fever

Portugal

The Portuguese delegation distributed and presented information on the evolution of the African swine fever situation. The delegate explained that on the basis of the surveillance programme, approved by the SVC on 24/11/1999, several thousands of pigs were sampled and farms were inspected. No antibodies or virus were found. The delegate also gave explanation concerning the risk evaluation in pig herds with previous outbreaks of ASF and presented results of that risk evaluation.

Portugal made the following statement:

"The Portugueses authorities will continue to take ASF control and surveillance measures in the Alentejo region, including:

- monitoring and testing of domestic pigs of the Alentejano breed;

- testing of feral pigs (wild boar);

- measures to ensure that old premises where ticks of the genus Ornithodorus may be present are not used to keep pigs

The Portuguese authorities will keep the Commission and the SVC informed on the results of these measures on a regular basis."

The following points were added to the agenda:

Newcastle disease - Italy

To date, 245 outbreaks have been recorded. The Italian delegation drew attention to the fact that the virus isolation in the flock originating from the province of Brescia in the region of Lombardia had now been recorded as an outbreak (see also SVC of 07-08 November 2000). Subsequently, the delegate made the following declaration:

"Considering the epidemiological situation regarding Newcastle disease presented by the Italian delegation at the Standing Veterinary Committee meeting of 21 November 2000 and on basis of the discussion and the conclusions made there:

Italy will ensure to continue the compulsory vaccination programme against Newcastle disease established in the regions of Emilia Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lombardia, Marche, Piemonte, Toscana, Umbria and Sardinia until 31 December 2000.

Italy will ensure that at least until 31 December, the provisions listed below will apply for intra-Community trade of live poultry and hatching eggs:

- only vaccinated live poultry and hatching eggs derived from vaccinated flocks are allowed to leave the Italian territory for intra-Community trade

- the following words shall be included in the relevant animal health certificates used for intra-Community trade in live poultry and hatching eggs:

  • "The poultry had been vaccinated against Newcastle disease under official control."
  • "The hatching eggs are derived from flocks, which have been vaccinated against Newcastle disease under official control."

Avian influenza - Italy

The Italian delegate said that since the last update, another 3 holdings (quails) had tested positive for LPAI. The representative also presented a progress report in relation to the vaccination programme which started on 15/11/2000.

Sheep pox - Greece

Apart from the one case reported earlier, there were no other suspicions. Surveillance had shown only negative results.

2. Exchange of views and possible opinion of the Committee on a draft Commission Decision on the evolution of animal diseases in the Community and in Third Countries.

The Commission introduced the following proposal:

Draft Commission Decision on marking and use of pig meat in application of Article 9 of Council Directive 80/217/EEC 1 concerning the united Kingdom (Doc. SANCO/4042/2000)

By Decisions 2000/543/EC 2 and 2000/650/EC 3 , the Commission adopted specific solutions concerning marking and use of pigmeat coming from pigs kept on holdings situated in certain surveillance zones established in Norfolk and Suffolk. The purpose of the proposal presented was to prolong these measures until 20/12/2000.

Vote: unanimous vote in favour.

3. Exchange of views and possible opinion of the Committee on a draft Commission Decision approving the programmes for the eradication and monitoring of animal diseases and for the prevention of zoonoses presented for the year 2001 by the Member States (doc. Sanco/3111/2000-rev.2)

The draft Decision aims to individually approve the programmes for the eradication and monitoring of animal diseases and for the control of zoonoses qualifying for a financial contribution from the Community for 2001. The programmes qualifying for a financial contribution were listed in Decision 2000/640/EC 4 . The proposal also fixes the level and the upper limit of the contribution.

Vote: 72 votes in favour; 10 votes against; 5 abstentions.

4. Exchange of views and possible opinion of the Committee on a draft Commission Decision approving the programmes for the monitoring for BSE presented for 2001 by the Member States and fixing the level of the Community's financial contribution (doc. Sanco/3112/2000-rev.2)

Postponed.

5. Miscellaneous

1. France requested the Commission to prolong the transitional measures with regard to testing for bovine tuberculosis (Dec. 2000/504/EC 5 ).

2. Germany said that the Community rules for import of raw material for petfood were not clear and requested the Commission to clarify the situation.

3. The Commission announced that on 11/01/2001, a working group on pig diseases would take place.

4. The Commission distributed the following documents:

- Application from Sweden for recognition as officially free from enzootic bovine leukosis (EBL)

- List of the financial aid proposals for the 1999 control and eradication programmes not mentioned in the list distributed at the previous SVC.

- Media statement from the Minister of Agriculture New Zealand concerning 2 year varroa management plan (Doc. SANCO/4021/2000)

N.B. The proposals on which the Committee expressed an opinion are subject to a defined procedure in relation to the formal adoption by the Commission.

Mission reports are available on the Internet at the following address: http://ec.europa.eu/food/fs/rc/svc/index_en.html

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1 Council Directive 80/217/EEC of 22 January 1980 introducing Community measures for the control of classical swine fever

2 2000/543/EC: Commission Decision of 12 September 2000 on marking and use of pigmeat in application of Article 9 of Council Directive 80/217/EEC concerning the United Kingdom

3 2000/650/EC: Commission Decision of 19 October 2000 on marking and use of pigmeat in application of Article 9 of Council Directive 80/217/EEC concerning the United Kingdom

4 2000/640/EC: Commission Decision of 13 October 2000 on the list of programmes for the eradication and monitoring of animal diseases and on the list of programmes of checks aimed at the prevention of zoonoses qualifying for a financial contribution from the Community in 2001

5 2000/504/EC: Commission Decision of 25 July 2000 establishing transitional measures with regard to testing for bovine tuberculosis within the framework of Council Directive 64/432/EEC

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