Brussels, 11 April 2002
Classical Swine Fever in Germany and Spain
The Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health voted in favour of European Commission proposals with regard to classical swine fever (CSF) in Germany and Spain. For Germany, in response to outbreaks of CSF, the export of live pigs and porcine semen, ova and embryos from a part of Rhineland-Palatinate has been banned. For Spain, the existing measures, applicable until 30 April, will be extended until 31 May. The proposals will now be adopted by the Commission. The situation will be reviewed at the next meeting of the Committee, scheduled for 7-8 May.
Outbreaks of classical swine fever (CSF) in domestic pigs occur occasionally in Germany in areas where the disease is known to be present in feral pigs. Restrictive measures are already applicable in these areas. On 5 April however, an outbreak of CSF has been confirmed in the Kreis of Südliche Weinstrasse in Rhineland-Palatinate, outside of the area under restriction because of CSF in feral pigs. The German authorities have taken measures provided for in Council Directive 2001/89/EC of 23.10.2001 introducing Community measures for the control of Classical Swine Fever (CSF).
However, due to the evolving situation, the Commission decided to propose EU measures banning the export of all live pigs and porcine semen, ova and embryos from Rhineland-Palatinate with the exception of those areas located to the east of the river Rhine.
The Commission will now formally adopt this proposal. It enters immediately into force and is applicable until 30 June 2002.
In spite of all the restrictive measures in place since several months, outbreaks of CSF continue to be reported in the comarca of Osona, province of Barcelona. The twelfth outbreak of this year has now been confirmed.
Due to this situation, the existing measures, including a ban on the export of live pigs and porcine semen, ova and embryos from the province of Barcelona and the comarcas of Ripollès, Garrotxa and Selva in the province of Gerona in the autonomous region of Cataluña, now applicable until 30 April, will therefore be extended until 31 May.
The Commission and Member States urge Spain and Germany to remain vigilant and to take all possible measures to eradicate the disease. The Commission remains in close and permanent contact with the authorities of Germany and Spain and will be kept fully informed of further developments.