Brussels, 11 April 2006
The Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health today voted in favour of a Commission proposal modifying the measures adopted last week due to the classical swine fever which have occurred in the last forty days in North-Rhine Westphalia, in Germany (see IP/06/459). Under the Decision agreed today and which will enter into force next week, pigs may be transported from farms located in the surveillance zones established around the outbreaks of disease to other holdings located in the said zones. This would prevent animal welfare problems in the farms, from which movement of pigs was completely ban over the last weeks, and which is causing overcrowding in the farms. Before being moved, pigs must however undergo special clinical and laboratory testing, to exclude that they are incubating the disease, and the German authorities have to report to the Committee on the authorisation given. All other measures adopted last week in relation to Classical swine fever in Germany remain in force until 15 May. The disease situation and the measures adopted at Community level will be reviewed again at the meeting of the Standing Committee of 20 April.