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Food Safety

- Regulatory Committees - Standing Veterinary Committee

Short report of the meeting (2001/09) held in Brussels on 07 March 2001

Chairman: Mr. Eric Poudelet

All the Member States were represented.

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 were clarified.

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 Regulation.

Vote: 63 votes in favour; 14 votes against; 10 abstentions.

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. SANCO/.../2001)

The point was withdrawn from the agenda.

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. SANCO/4423/2000).

Vote: unanimous vote in favour.

3. Miscellaneous

1. Germany mentioned some problems with regard to German cattle being sent to Belgium for slaughter.

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 comment.

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 butcher shops.

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/inspections/vi/reports/index_en.html

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