EU Standing Committee backs series of AI measures
The EU Standing Committee on the Food Chain and
Animal Health has backed several Commission proposals to prolong certain
measures aimed at preventing and controlling the spread of avian influenza in
the EU until the end of the year.
It was agreed that the biosecurity measures in place to protect domestic
flocks, such as keeping or feeding poultry indoors in identified high risk
areas, should be extended until 31 December 2006.
Committee also agreed to extend the import ban on live captive birds from third
countries until 31 July 2006. Restrictions on the movement of birds accompanying
their owners should also continue until 31 July.
Committee supported a draft proposal from the Commission prolonging the EU
import bans on poultry and poultry products from Bulgaria and Romania until 31
December 2006, with certain amendments to the restrictions.
regionalised bans on Bulgarian and Romanian poultry meat and meat products will
remain unchanged, while the same regionalisation will now also apply for the ban
on importation into the EU of live poultry and hatching eggs from these
These imports have been banned from the whole of Bulgaria
and Romania up to this point. For Croatia, the regionalised ban on live birds,
poultry and poultry products will be extended to cover the region of Zagreb,
following confirmation in April of a new case of H5N1 in a wild swan
Swiss authorities shall apply the same rigorous prevention and
control measures in their restriction zones in the event of a highly pathogenic
avian influenza outbreak there, as are laid down in the EU Decisions for avian
influenza in wild birds and in poultry. These are the same measures as applied
by the EU member states when they detect an outbreak on their
Austria submitted its vaccination programme to the
Commission for approval, and will apply the programme in accordance with the
rules on vaccinating zoo birds, which are based on the new avian influenza
control Directive. Austria will now be added to the list of member states whose
vaccination plans for zoo birds have already been approved.
also agreed that France could prolong its preventive vaccination programme for
ducks and geese.
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