European Commission adopts new salmonella regulations
The European Commission has adopted two regulations aimed at reducing
and controlling the prevalence of salmonella in poultry and eggs across the
The first regulation lays down targets for the reduction of salmonella in
laying hens, which in turn should lead to less salmonella contamination in
Every Member State will have to work towards reducing the number of laying
hens infected with salmonella by a specific minimum percentage each year, with
steeper targets for Member States with higher levels of salmonella.
The first target deadline is set for 2008, although Member States will have
to submit national control programmes on salmonella reduction in laying hens to
the Commission by early 2007.
The second regulation adopted by the Commission sets out rules on the
methods used to control salmonella in poultry, including mandatory vaccination
from 2008 onwards for laying hens in Member States with a salmonella prevalence
of 10% or more.
In addition to the two regulations adopted, the Commission is also
currently looking into the possibility of introducing a trade ban on eggs from
salmonella infected flocks as soon as possible.
The regulations have been made in light of the recent
findings of the EFSA on salmonella levels in laying hens.
More information on the new EC salmonella prevention measures.
Go to our blog
on the EFSA's initial findings on salmonella.
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