Brussels, 23 August 2007
The UK authorities reported to the Standing Committee on the disease situation and the measures taken to contain and control the virus. Since 3 August 2007, two foot-and-mouth disease outbreaks have been confirmed on 3 and 7 August, both within the protection zone set up after the first outbreak in Surrey. Animals from the infected farms have been culled and these holdings have been cleaned and disinfected. In line with the measures set out in the EU foot-and-mouth disease Directive (2003/85/EC) and additional measures taken by the Commission, protection and surveillance zones have been set up, in which movement restrictions and upgraded bio-security measures are being applied, and restrictions have been applied for dispatch of animals and products from GB.
In the light of the in-depth epidemiological investigations, follow-up of possible contacts and the favourable results of clinical and laboratory investigations on holdings in the risk area and elsewhere in Great Britain, it has been decided to limit the restrictions on trade in live animals and meat and dairy products with other Member States implemented in accordance with Community legislation to the protection zones (3km zone) and surrounding consolidated surveillance zone (10Km) established around the two outbreaks in Surrey. This reduction in the control measures at this stage has been possible because of the favourable evolution in the disease situation and the strict and immediate movement ban implemented in the whole of Great Britain and the implementation of further specific protection measures as laid down in Commission Decision 2007/554/EC
In accordance with the new decision approved by the Standing Committee today and to be adopted by the Commission tomorrow, trade in live animals and their products from most of the UK will be possible, subject to strict controls and veterinary supervision, from 25 August.
The restrictions are applicable until 15 September 2007 and will be reviewed at a further meeting of the Standing Committee foreseen on 11 September 2007.