Short report of
the meeting (2001/07) held in Brussels on 27 February
President: Mr. Bernard Van
All the Member States were
1. Exchange of views of the Committee on the evolution
of animal diseases in the Community including:
Foot-and-mouth disease in the United Kingdom
The UK delegation distributed and
presented a report on the situation. An outbreak of
foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) was confirmed in an abattoir
in Essex on 20 February 2001. Laboratory examinations
carried out on tissue samples taken from the affected
animals, showed that the virus was FMD type, Pan Asia
strain. At time of reporting, the total number of confirmed
outbreaks stood at 15. On the basis of current
epidemiological knowledge, a pig holding in the County of
Tyne and Wear was thought to have been the source of the
subsequent outbreaks, infection heaving spread to holdings
in the County of Essex through the movement of pigs and
people and possibly airborne spread, and to holdings in the
Counties of Tyne and Wear, Devon and Wiltshire through
airborne spread and the movement of livestock.
All the measures foreseen in Council
Directive 85/511/EEC had been applied. Protection and
surveillance zones with radii of at least 3-km and 10-km
had been imposed around each infected holding, the
surveillance zones having been extend to take account of
the prevailing wind conditions at the time between the
introduction of disease and its first detection.
On 21 February, Commission Decision
2001/145/EC came into force and banned the export from the
whole of the UK of live animals, germplasm, fresh meat,
meat products, milk and milk products, hides and skins of
FMD susceptible species. Certain derogations were given
subject to the conditions laid down in the above
It appeared from the discussion that
several Member States had imported animals from the UK
since 01/02/2001. The Member States concerned explained the
measures taken and urged the need for a legal base for the
preventive slaughter of susceptible animals imported from
the UK as well as the contact animals.
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
No items raised.
3. Exchange of views and possible opinion of the
Committee on a draft Commission Decision concerning
certain protective measures in relation to foot-and-mouth
disease in the United Kingdom and repealing Decision
2001/145/EC (Doc. SANCO/971/2001-rev. 2) (AEF)
The draft Decision aimed to prolong the
measures introduced by Decision 2001/145/EC to restrict the
dispatch of live susceptible animals and untreated products
derived from such animals. The proposal also provides for a
prohibition on movement of live susceptible animals from
other Member States to the United Kingdom. Furthermore,
Member States are allowed to take any precautionary
measure, including the isolation and possible preventive
killing of live susceptible animals dispatched (especially
sheep) from the UK to their territory during the period of
1 to 21 February 2001.
It was made clear that the measures
taken were without prejudice to Community financial
Vote: 77 votes in favour; 10 abstentions.
1. Portugal reported a suspicion of
African swine fever in a zoo.
2. Sweden reported a case of Newcastle
disease and a suspected BSE case.
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
Standing Veterinary Committee
FOOD SAFETY |
GENERAL "HEALTH & CONSUMER PROTECTION"