Scientific Committee on Veterinary Measures
relating to Public Health
Outcome of discussions
of the meeting held on 05 February 1999 in Brussels
(approved at the meeting on 15-16 March 1999)
List of Participants
Prof. R. Gilbert (chairperson), Prof. D.
Vuitton (second vice-chairperson), Prof. V. Caporale, Prof.
J. Fink-Gremmels, Prof. A. Johnston, Prof. O. Kaaden, Prof.
A. Mantis, Prof. E. Quinto Fernandez, Dr. J. Schlundt, Dr.
I. Vagsholm, Prof. F. Van Knapen, Prof. P. Willeberg
Prof. A. Macri, Prof. E. Nurmi, Prof. A.
Mr. R. Vanhoorde (DG XXIV)
Mr. B. Verleysen (DG XXIV)
Mr. V-M Niemi (DG VI)
Mr. T. Chalus (DG VI)
Mr. J. Serratosa (DG VI)
Mrs. A. Fabré (DG XII)
1. Declarations of interest
No new declarations of interest were
2. Adoption of the Agenda
The agenda was adopted.
3. Adoption of the minutes of the meeting of 21
The minutes were adopted subject to two
4. Discussion and possible adoption of a scientific
opinion concerning cooling of carcasses during
A revised draft report was discussed. A
number of suggestions for technical clarifications and/or
editorial improvements were made.
In principle the Committee agreed with
the draft report as it was amended during the meeting.
However, in order to avoid any misunderstanding, the
secretariat was asked to incorporate the amendments in a
final draft which will be circulated to the members with a
view to its formal adoption at the next plenary.
5. Establishment of a Working Group for a
complementary risk assessment on the use of hormones
The Committee was informed about state
of progress in the setting up of the Working Group and on
the provisional planning of Working Group meetings. All
members of the Committee agreed with the composition of the
Working Group as well as with its overall balance.
The Secretariat stressed the need for an
opinion by April at the latest and therefore proposed to
transform the plenary of April into a two-days meeting. The
Committee agreed with this proposal.
6. Discussion on a draft report concerning the use
The Secretariat informed the Committee
about a purely procedural change concerning the adoption of
the final report. This initiative was taken in the light of
the discussions at the last plenary and after consultation
with the Chairpersons of the Committee and of the Working
Group. The Scientific Steering Committee endorsed the
proposal to re-attribute the responsibility for the
adoption of the part of the report dealing with animal
welfare to the Scientific Committee on Animal Health and
Animal welfare. It was agreed that the Committee will
continue to be provided with the most recent update on the
animal welfare and the animal health aspects.
The Committee discussed the general
concept of the report and had an exchange of views on the
role of IGF-1. It also referred to the scientific reasoning
developed by Canadian expert groups.
The rapporteur was asked to reconsider
the cross references to the part of the report that is
addressing animal welfare and animal health aspects and its
possible direct and indirect impact on consumer health. It
was also suggested to develop the part on the latter aspect
a little bit more without however interfering with ongoing
work in the scientific committees.
It is scheduled to finalise the
discussion and to have the report adopted at the plenary of
7. Discussion on a draft report on the question
concerning the revision of ante- and post- mortem
inspection procedures for an alternative inspection
system for the slaughter of pigs
A Working Group meeting took place on 22
January and it is foreseen to have the final draft report
available by May.
8. 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;
The rapporteur informed the Committee
about the progress made at the Working Group meeting of 4
February. Contrary to earlier planning, an additional
Working Group meeting will be necessary (scheduled for 23
March). It is foreseen to have the draft report finalised
9. Establishment of a joint Working Group with the
Scientific Committee for Food (SCF) on microbiological
standards for listeria.
The Secretariat informed the Committee
about the additional experts that are proposed by the
Scientific Committee for Food (SCF) to participate in the
10. Progress report on the request for a scientific
opinion concerning the prevalence and methods of control
The rapporteur gave a feedback on the
progress made at the Working Group meeting of 29 January.
If necessary, a last Working Group meeting will be convened
on 30 March. It is expected to have the final draft report
ready by April.
11. Progress report on the state of progress on the
multidisciplinary Working Group on antimicrobial
Feedback was given on the ongoing work.
The Secretariat informed the Committee about the comments
made by the Scientific Steering Committee at the occasion
of the first discussion of the draft orientation
Some members would have preferred a more
active involvement in the discussion on this question. It
was explained that the multidisciplinary Working Group was
set op by the SSC with expertise from all ad hoc scientific
committees having a direct interest in the subject.
Consequently the final draft report will be submitted for
discussion and adoption to the SSC and not to the ad hoc
scientific committees. Furthermore it was clarified that
draft report is still subject of substantial scientific
debate in the Working Group. A more in depth feedback could
be considered once the draft report has reached a more
The Secretariat agreed to provide the
Committee with a copy of the final report following its
adoption in order to inform the members before it is
available on the internet.
12. Feed-back by the chairman on subjects discussed in
the SSC which are of interest to the Committee;
A copy of the agenda of the SSC meeting
on 21-22 January was distributed for information. Reference
was made to the webpage of DG XXIV where the outcome of
discussions of the SSC can be found.
13. Feed-back by members of the Committee having
attended working group meetings of other Scientific
No members attended a Working Group
meeting of other Scientific Committees.
Next meetings are scheduled for:
15 and 16
29 and 30
11 June 1999.
The planning of meetings for the rest of
the year will be discussed at the next plenary.
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