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Food Safety

- Regulatory Committees - Standing Veterinary Committee

Short report of the meeting (2001/12) held in Brussels on 21 March 2001

Chairman: Mr. Eric Poudelet for points 1, 2, 6 and 8; Mr. Jens Nymand-Christensen for the other points

Mr. Bernard Van Goethem for the point which was added to the agenda.

All the Member States were represented.

Due to the evolution of the foot-and-mouth disease situation, the following point was added to the agenda:

Foot-and mouth disease in the Netherlands :

The Dutch delegation reported 1 confirmed outbreak of FMD, situated within the 3 km-zone around the suspect case, which was reported at the previous SVC. This suspect case was now also considered as a positive case. Another contact farm was cleared and samples taken. The measures foreseen in Directive 85/511/EEC were implemented. All the animals within a perimeter of 1 km around the outbreaks and suspect cases have been culled. The Dutch authorities have, amongst other measures, established a total standstill for any livestock, products and livestock transport vehicles.

The first epidemiological investigations seen to suggest that the suspected case in Oene and the confirmed outbreak in Olst and the suspect in Oene are related to a slaughterhouse in Maren Kassel in Noord-Brabant, where sheep imported from France were slaughtered.

Taking account that the outbreaks occurred in an area with a dense animal population, the delegate said that the Dutch authorities were considering carrying out suppressive vaccination of the susceptible species.

The Commission introduced the following proposal:

Draft Commission Decision concerning certain protection measures with regard to foot-and-mouth disease in the Netherlands (Doc. SANCO/1246/2001-Rev.1)

In response to the outbreaks of the foot-and-mouth disease in The Netherlands, the Commission proposed:

  • to ban the movement of live animals of susceptible species and their germinal products from The Netherlands to other Member States and to third countries;
  • to ban the transport of fresh meat and meat products, milk and milk products, hides, skins and other products of animals of the susceptible species from the provinces of Gelderland, Overijssel, Flevoland and Noord-Brabant to other Dutch provinces, to other Member States or to third countries, with the exception of products obtained before 20 February 2001 and of products that have been subject to a treatment so that the risk of spreading the food-and-mouth disease virus is avoided.

Vote: 82 votes in favour; 5 votes against.

Austria said that it reserved the right to take other measures if the situation would change.

FORMAL AGENDA

1. Presentation of the Community yearly report on "Trends and sources of zoonotic agents in animals, feedstuffs, food and man in the EU and Norway" (Doc. SANCO/1069/2001-part I)

The Commission distributed and introduced Part I of the above report. The report covers 11 zoonotic agents, which are included in the reporting system. In accordance with Directive 92/117/EEC, all the Member States and Norway provided a report on trends and sources of zoonotic agents in 1999. The representative of the Community Reference Laboratory (Berlin) presented a summary of the report. There were no major changes in the zoonoses situation compered to the previous years. The Commission proposed that the summary of the report Part I would be placed on the SANCO web site. None of the Member States objected this proposal.

2. Information on a mission carried out in Belize from 27 to 31 March 2000 for the purpose of assessing the conditions of production of fishery products - Presentation of the mission report (Follow up - guarantees received by the competent authority of Belize. (Doc. SANCO/1038/2000)

The point was withdrawn from the agenda.

3. Information on a mission carried out in Canada in order to evaluate the operation of controls over the production of milk, heat-treated milk and milk-based products destined for export to the European Union - Presentation of the mission report (Doc. SANCO/1212/2000)

The Commission presented the mission report and reported on the main findings. The objective of the mission was:

  • to enable the EC to obtain a greater understanding of the systems and control mechanisms in Canada as regards milk and milk-products for human consumption;
  • to examine the application of EC legislation in those areas where equivalence had not yet been fully recognised.

The Commission presented the conclusions and formulated a number of recommendations.

4. Information on a mission carried out in Switzerland in order to evaluate the operation of controls over the production of milk, heat-treated milk and milk-based products destined for export to the European Union - Presentation of the mission report (Doc. SANCO/1214/2000)

The Commission presented the mission report and reported on the main findings. The objective of the mission was to carry out an evaluation of the performance of the official services to guarantee that the health rules for the production and placing on the market of milk and milk-based products intended for export to the EU are at least equivalent to those laid down in Chapter II of Council Directive 92/46/EEC.

The Commission presented the conclusions and formulated a number of recommendations.

5. Information from the Commission on the enlargement negotiations

The Commission provided the Member States with updated information on the state of affairs in relation to the enlargement negotiations. A table which indicates the different stages of the negotiations with the Luxembourg and Helsinki group was handed over. The problematic key issues were outlined. The Member States welcomed favourable the substantial information given.

6. Exchange of views and possible opinion of the Committee on a draft Commission Decision amending Decision 2000/418/EC as regards import from third countries (Doc. SANCO/956/2001-rev.7)

The Commission explained that the Scientific Steering Committee geographical risk assessment demonstrated that risk of BSE being present in native cattle is highly unlikely in certain third countries. It was therefore proposed to exempt these 10 countries from a ban on imports of specified risk materials (SRMs) and of meat of certain meat products containing SRMs from the provisions of Decision 2000/418/EC. The third countries concerned are listed in the Annex III added to this Decision. Further derogations could be granted following evaluation of outstanding dossiers submitted by several countries.

Vote: 78 votes in favour; 9 votes against.

7. Exchange of views on a draft Commission Decision amending Commission Decision 1999/710/EC on the drawing up of provisional lists of third country establishments from which Member States authorise imports of minced meat and meat preparations (Document Sanco/291/2001)

The draft Decision proposes to add one establishment in Slovak Republic to the list of establishments in Decision 1999/710/EC approved to export minced meat and meat products to the EU.

Vote: unanimous vote in favour.

8. Exchange of views on a draft Commission Decision laying down rules for the regular checks on the general hygiene carried out by the operators in establishments according to Directive 64/433/EEC on health conditions for the production and marketing of fresh meat and Directive 71/118/EEC on health problems affecting the production and placing on the market of fresh poultry meat (Doc. SANCO/367/2001-Rev.1)

The Commission distributed and presented the proposal for study and observation. The purpose of the proposal is to lay down rules for the operators of meat establishments to conduct regular checks on the general hygiene of conditions of production in their establishment. The methods to be used will be based on the most recent HACCP methodology principles.

The Member States formulated a number of remarks and requested to have a further in-depth study of the proposal.

9. Exchange of views on a draft Commission Decision amending Decision 97/467/EC drawing up provisional lists of third country establishments from which Member States authorise imports of rabbit meat and farmed game meat, with respect to imports of ratite meat (Doc. SANCO/934/2001)

The Commission distributed and presented the proposal for study and observation. The Commission explained that Decision 1997/467/EC did not include a list of establishments producing ratite meat and that therefore, until 30 April 2001, Member States are permitted to import ratite meat from third countries on a bilateral basis. The list of third countries from which Member States are authorised to import ratite meat and the animal health conditions and veterinary certification required for import of this meat into the Community has been established in Decision 2000/609/EC. The third countries on this list wishing to export ratite meat to the EC have provided the appropriate guarantees concerning the production of ratite meat. The draft Decision proposes a list of approved establishments in third countries authorised for the importation of ratite meat into the EC.

10. Miscellaneous

  1. The Dutch delegation reiterated its request for clarification concerning the relationship between third country establishment lists and list of third countries in the residue list.
  2. The Commission provided information about the use of wooden crates for the placing on the market of fishery products (document distributed).
  3. The Commission distributed information on the monthly reports from the Member States on BSE testing and BSE cases.

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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