June 17, 2005
EU proposes legislation for bird flu control measures
The European Union is proposing bird flu controls for legislation in the poultry and pig industries.
Following an outbreak of bird flu, a competent authority in the pig industry must carry out laboratory tests for the presence of the disease within the holding area. No pigs shall be moved pending test results.
Should any pigs test positive for bird flu, transfer of those pigs to other pig holdings or designated slaughterhouses may be authorised, provided subsequent appropriate tests have shown that the risk of spreading bird flu is negligible.
If the tests confirm a serious health threat, the pigs must be culled as soon as possible under official supervision and in a manner to prevent the spread of bird flu. This applies especially during transport and in accordance with Directive 93/119/EEC.
These measures may apply to any other animal present on the holding and may be extended to contact holdings, following an outbreak or confirmation of a positive infection test result, and based on a risk assessment.
Member states would also be required to inform the European Commission of the test results and measures applied according to the above.