Scientific Committee on Veterinary Measures
relating to Public Health
Outcome of discussions
of the meeting of the Scientific Committee on Veterinary
Measures relating to public health held on 20 July 1998 in
Brussels (approved at the meeting on 28 September
List of Participants
Prof. A. Osterhaus (chairperson), Prof.
J-L. Jouve (second vice-chairperson), Prof. A. Johnston,
Prof. O. Kaaden, Prof. A. Mantis, Prof. E. Nurmi , Prof. E.
Quinto Fernandez, Dr. J. Schlundt, Dr. I. Vagsholm, Prof.
F. Van Knapen
Prof. R. Gilbert (first
vice-chairperson), Prof. V. Caporale, Prof. J.
Fink-Gremmels, Prof. A. Macri, Prof. D. Vuitton, Prof. P.
Mr. R. Vanhoorde (DG XXIV), Mr. B.
Verleysen (DG XXIV), Mr. H. Winter (DG VI/BII-2)
1. Declarations of interest
No declarations of specific interest,
which might be considered prejudicial to the independence
of the members, were made.
2. Adoption of the Agenda
The agenda was adopted.
3. Adoption of the minutes of the meeting of 22 June
The minutes were adopted.
4. Discussion and possible adoption of a scientific
opinion concerning the 9th code of Federal Regulations
Part 304, et al. Pathogen reduction; Hazard Analysis and
Critical Control Point (HACCP) Systems; Final rule;
The Committee continued its discussion
on the draft report in the light of the explanations given
by the US delegation at the last plenary. The report, as
amended during the meeting, was adopted unanimously.
5. Discussion and possible adoption of a scientific
opinion concerning the use of antimicrobial treatments of
poultry carcasses, the various methods of carcass rinsing
including trisodium monophosphates (TSP), organic acids
and hyperchlorinated water;
The rapporteur presented a comprehensive
draft report which was subsequently discussed in detail. A
number of suggestions for technical clarifications and/or
editorial improvements were made.
It was stressed that the current
exercise is confined to those treatments involving the use
of one single physical, chemical or biological agent which
appear feasible under commercial conditions. It was
explained that it had not been possible to address
techniques based on the combination of several treatments
or agents in the current exercise.
In principle, the Committee agreed with
the draft report as it was amended during the meeting.
However, in order to avoid any misunderstanding, the
rapporteur was asked to incorporate the amendments in a
final draft with a view to its formal adoption at the next
The Committee asked the secretariat to
send acknowledgements to the external experts for their
valuable contribution to the draft report.
6. Feed-back by the chairman on subjects discussed in
the SSC which are of interest to the Committee;
The chairman informed the Committee
about ongoing discussions in the SSC. As regards BSE/TSE
related working groups, information was given on maternal
transmission, semen and embryos, BSE in sheep, fallen
stock, recycling of animal waste, organic fertilisers,
gelatine, tallow, MBM, human exposure risk, geographical
risk, sourcing, modelling and monitoring.
Reference was also made to the progress
made on multidisciplinary questions concerning genetically
modified organisms and antimicrobial resistance.
7. Feed-back by members of the Committee having
attended working group meetings of other Scientific
One member reported on the discussion in
the multidisciplinary working group dealing with the
TSE/BSE related question on fallen stock and recycling of
poultry, pig and fish waste.
A first draft report will be prepared
for the next working group meeting which is scheduled for
the beginning of September.
8. Progress report on the request for a scientific
opinion concerning cooling of carcasses during
The chairman informed the Committee that
the additional expert to the working group, suggested by
the Committee at its last plenary meeting, has accepted to
attend the next working group meeting on 22 July.
9. Progress report on the request for a scientific
opinion concerning the use of Bovine Somatotropin;
In absence of the rapporteur, the
secretariat informed the Committee that the planning for
the next meeting of the working group depends on the
progress made in the other group which is concentrating on
animal health and animal welfare aspects.
The next working group meeting is
provisionally fixed for 2 October.
10. Progress report on the request for a scientific
opinion on the evaluation of microbiological criteria and
temperatures for storage and transport of products of
animal origin intended for human consumption:
- partim microbiological criteria;
- partim temperatures for storage and transport;
There has been no working group since
the last plenary.
The next working group meeting is
scheduled for 29 September.
11. Progress report on the request for a scientific
opinion concerning the prevalence and methods of control
The rapporteur informed the Committee
about his contacts with other members of the working group.
He promised to provide the secretariat with full address
details of the working group members in view of the
organisation of a working group meeting.
12. Progress report on the request for a scientific
opinion concerning the revision of ante- and post- mortem
inspection procedures for an alternative inspection
system for the slaughter of pigs;
The rapporteur updated the Committee on
the progress made in the working group on the revision of
inspection procedures. Only few members have provided
comments to the orientation paper produced by the
rapporteur. A revised version has been prepared and will be
circulated to the members of the working group.
A draft report will be prepared in the
light of the orientation paper. .
13. Information on the state of progress on the
creation of the multidisciplinary steering group on
The secretariat informed Committee that
the first meeting of this multidisciplinary group took
place on 15 July and that the distribution of tasks and a
timetable had been agreed. The next meeting is scheduled
for 11 September.
14. Progress report on the multidisciplinary working
a) recycling of pig, poultry and fish
waste (in collaboration with the Scientific Committee on
Animal Health and Animal Welfare and with experts of the
SSCs ad hoc group on TSE);
b) fallen stock (in collaboration with
the Scientific Committee on Animal Health and Animal
Welfare and with experts of the SSCs ad hoc group on TSE);
Cfr. point 7.
- As regards the acknowledgements of
experts (especially external experts to the Committee) who
have contributed to a draft report, it was decided that
their names should be mentioned in the draft report
submitted to the plenary. However, considering the fact
that the plenary can substantially amend draft reports and
the possibility that external experts might not agree with
the final report as adopted by the Committee, it was
decided not to mention the names of members of working
groups. The secretariat will express acknowledgements of
their input when sending the final opinion to external
- The next plenary is scheduled for 28
- The first vice-chairperson was asked
to replace the chairman at the next SSC meeting on 24-25
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