Short report of
the meeting (2001/09) held in Brussels on 07 March
Chairman: Mr. Eric Poudelet
All the Member States were
1. Exchange of views and possible opinion of the
Committee on a draft Commission Decision concerning
measures made necessary by the occurrence of bovine
spongiform encephalopathy in Portugal and implementing a
date-based export scheme (Doc. SANCO/102/2001-rev.5)
The proposal aimed to provide for a
gradual lifting of the ban on bovine products from
Portugal, installed by Decision 98/653/EC, by approving a
date-based export scheme (DBES) put forward by the
Portuguese authorities. The draft Decision also included
rules on the traceability of products manufactured from
beef of Portuguese origin in other Member States.
Furthermore the proposal updated the rules on tallow and
tallow derivatives to take account of the present
scientific advice in this regard. The rules on the dispatch
of fighting bulls were proposed to be amended and the rules
on the treatment of carcasses of bulls killed in bullfight
Following the discussion in the
Committee, the additional rules concerning traceability of
products manufactured from beef of Portuguese origin in
other Member States were removed. The Commission declared
that it might return to this part of the proposal at a
later stage, possibly in the framework of the new TSE
Vote: 63 votes in favour; 14 votes against; 10
2. Exchange of views and possible opinion of the
Committee on a draft Commission Decision on the testing
of bovine animals for the presence of BSE (Doc.
The point was withdrawn from the
The following point was added to the agenda
Exchange of views and possible opinion of the
Committee on a draft Commission Decision on financial aid
from the Community for the operation of certain Community
reference laboratories in the field of veterinary public
health (biological hazards) (Doc. SANCO/565/2001)
The purpose of the draft Decision was to
provide Community financial assistance to enable the
Community reference laboratories referred to above to carry
out their duties for a period of 12 months from 1 January
to 31 December 2001. The Commission distributed the work
programmes for 2001 of the laboratories concerned (Doc.
Vote: unanimous vote in favour.
1. Germany mentioned some problems with
regard to German cattle being sent to Belgium for
2. The Commission, upon request of the
German delegation, clarified the situation in relation to
imports, from third countries, of products containing SRM
and presented at the BIPs as from 01.04.2001.
3. The Commission requested the Member
States to provide data on export to third countries of MBM
and live animals.
4. The Commission distributed a copy of
a letter to Bio-Rad concerning the cut-off limit of the
Bio-Rad Platelia test.
5. The Commission also submitted a
suggested text replacing the present text in Article 2 of
Decision 2000/764/EC and requested the Member States to
6. The Commission informed the Committee
that UK inspectors had discovered, in carcasses coming from
3 Member States, rests of spinal cord. The UK delegation
provided information on these consignments. The Member
States concerned recognised the seriousness of the
situation and reported on the measures taken to prevent
these incidents to re-occur.
7. Upon request of the Belgian
delegation, the Member States provided information on their
positions as regards the removal of the spinal cord in
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.
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