EU: €34 mln to fight poultry diseases in 2008
The European Commission has approved a financial package of €186 million
to support programmes to eradicate, control and monitor animal diseases in 2008.
Zoonoses control programmes
Of the package, a financial contribution of €8.6 mln to control zoonotic salmonella
in poultry breeder flocks in 19 Member States as
well as €21 mln in poultry laying hens flocks (first year) have been allocated
for 2008. This is three times the amount allocated for this disease in
Avian influenza surveillance
Member States will also continue to carry out surveillance for avian influenza
in poultry and wild birds in 2008 with
financial assistance from the EU towards laboratory testing and wild birds
sampling costs. A total of €4.3 mln will be available from the EU budget.
"Safeguarding animal health is an essential factor in ensuring food safety,
and in avoiding the often devastating consequences that animal epidemics can
have. The decision to allocate considerable resources to the fight against
animal diseases shows the Commission's unwavering commitment to this goal,â€ said
, Commissioner for Health and Consumer
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