of 30 October 2008
amending the Annex to Decision 2007/453/EC establishing the BSE status of Member States or third countries or regions thereof according to their BSE risk
(notified under document number C(2008) 6274)
(Text with EEA relevance)
THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,
Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,
Having regard to Regulation (EC) No 999/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 May 2001 laying down rules for the prevention, control and eradication of certain transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (1), and in particular the third subparagraph of Article 5(2) and Article 5(3) thereof, Whereas:
(1) Regulation (EC) No 999/2001 lays down rules for the prevention, control and eradication of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) in animals. It applies to the production and placing on the market of live animals and products of animal origin. For that purpose, the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) status of Member States or third countries or regions thereof (‘countries or regions’) is to be determined by classification into one of three categories depending on the BSE risk involved, namely a negligible BSE risk, a controlled BSE risk and an undetermined BSE risk.
(2) The Annex to Commission Decision 2007/453/EC of 29 June 2007 establishing the BSE status of Member States or third countries or regions thereof according to their BSE risk (2) lists countries or regions according to their BSE risk status.
(3) Pending the final conclusion on the BSE risk status of the Member States, all Member States were provisionally recognised as countries with a controlled BSE risk as laid down in Decision 2007/453/EC. During the OIE General Session in May 2008, a Resolution was adopted relating to the BSE status of different countries. The Annex to Decision 2007/453/EC should therefore be brought in line with the recommendations of the Resolution of the OIE. Pending a final conclusion on the BSE risk status of certain Member States and taking into account the harmonised stringent BSE protective measures applied within the Community, those Member States should remain provisionally recognised as countries with a controlled BSE risk.
(4) Decision 2007/453/EC should therefore be amended accordingly.
(5) The measures provided for in this Decision are in accordance with the opinion of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health,
HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:
The Annex to Decision 2007/453/EC is replaced by the text in the Annex to this Decision.
This Decision shall enter into force on 1 December 2008.
This Decision is addressed to the Member States.
Done at Brussels, 30 October 2008.
For the Commission
Member of the Commission
L 294/14 EN Official Journal of the European Union 1.11.2008
(1) OJ L 147, 31.5.2001, p. 1.
(2) OJ L 172, 30.6.2007, p. 84.
LIST OF COUNTRIES OR REGIONS
A. Countries or regions with a negligible BSE risk
— Finland — Sweden EFTA countries — Iceland — Norway
— Argentina — Australia — New Zealand — Paraguay — Singapore — Uruguay
B. Countries or regions with a controlled BSE risk Member States
— Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, the United Kingdom
— Switzerland — Liechtenstein
— Brazil — Canada — Chile — Taiwan — Mexico — United States
C. Countries or regions with an undetermined BSE risk
— Countries or regions not listed in points A or B of this Annex.
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Introduction In response to both animal and public health threats resulting from transmissible spongiform encephalopaties (TSEs), such as BSE (mad cow disease) which is linked to new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans, the European Commission has taken a series of measures to manage the risk of TSE's. Framework Regulation 999/2001 (consolidated version published in July 2008) was adopted in May 2001, with the intention to supersede all existing TSE legislation. It established rules for the monitoring of TSE in bovine, ovine and caprine animals, the removal of Specified Risk Material (SRM) and prohibitions concerning animal feeding. It introduced measures for the eradication of TSE, rules covering intra- and extra-Community trade and criteria to classify the BSE status of member states and third countries. Certain requirements, including removal of SRM's, would then be applied to a country depending on its classification. Regulation 1923/2006 amends Regulation 999/2001 in order to adopt the BSE classification of countries into 3 categories under OIE (World Organization for Animal Health) rules and to correct discrepancies with Regulation 1774/2002 on animal by-products.
More details on current EU TSE legislation can be found on the Commission's website.
Amendments to Framework Regulation 999/2001 & TSE Roadmap Since its adoption, Regulation 999/2001 has been amended several times to adjust it to new developments and scientific evidence. A comprehensive chronological list of BSE/TSE legislation in the EU is available on the European Commission's website. The EU's measures to fight TSE's have led to a significant reduction in cases. Based on this improved situation, the Commission has presented a "TSE Roadmap" on a short, medium-term and long-term strategy. This document suggests possible amendments to the EU's current TSE legislation for the next decade (see GAIN Report E35164). Because of the rapid decline on BSE cases, the EU updated its work plan in November of 2007 in a Commission Staff Working Document (see GAIN Report E48101).
Amendments in the short and medium term (2005-2009) are in the fields of:
Age requirements for removal of Specified Risk Material (SRM) to be raised from 12 to 24 months. This has been addressed in Commission Regulation 1974/2005 of December 2, 2005.
Feed Ban: the need to abandon the zero-tolerance and a relaxation of the fishmeal ban. This has been addressed in Commission Regulation 1292/2005 of August 5, 2005.
Monitoring Programs: reducing the number of BSE testing in line with epidemiological considerations. The finding of a BSE case in Sweden in March 2006 has actually led to the extension of the BSE monitoring to Sweden by Commission Regulation 688/2006.
Categorization of countries according to their BSE risk based on OIE categorization rules Commission Decision 2007/453/EC, amended by Commission Decision 2008/829/EC (new Annex).
Review of culling policy with regard to TSE’s in small ruminants. The finding in 2006 of BSE in sheep has led to increased monitoring of TSE's in small ruminants as required in Commission Regulation 1041/2006.
Cohort culling in bovine animals.
Restrictions on UK beef exports to be lifted. Commission Regulation 657/2006 removed the ban on exports of cattle and beef products from the U.K. as of May 2006.
Switch to revised system of categorization of countries according to their BSE risk status, based on OIE categorization rules. Regulation 1932/2006 amends Regulation 991/2001 to provide for this switch.
Amendments in the long-term (2009-2014) include:
A gradual decrease in the level of surveillance to a level in line with OIE recommendations. Criteria for the revision of EU Member State annual BSE monitoring programs have been set in Commission Regulation 571/2008 of June 18, 2008.
A complete revision of the need for the removal of SRM’s.
The introduction of a system of certification of herds.
Impact on U.S. Trade The United States is required to remove SRM's from animal products for export to the EU. Commission Decision 2007/453/EC of June 29, 2007, clasffied the U.S. under countries or regions with a controlled BSE risk, in line with the new OIE classification.
Regulation EC 1471/2004 of 18 August 2004, introduced requirements for the import of cervid products from Canada and the United States. This regulation imposes the removal of Specific Risk Materials (SRM) from all cervid meats exported to the EU and limits exports of wild game to areas free of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) as from January 1, 2005.
Reports EU-27 EU-15 increases age for mandatory BSE testing GAIN report E48117 (October 2008). On October 14, 2008, the Standing Committee on the Food Chain & Animal Health (SCoFCAH) decided to increase the mandatory testing age for mad cow disease (BSE) in the EU-15 to 48 months. Currently testing age is 30 months for healthy cattle at slaughter and 24 months for all at risk cattle. It is expected that this new measure can lead to a 25-35 percent decrease in testing of cattle at slaughter depending on the Member State. The decrease in testing of at risk cattle will be much lower.
EU-27 EFSA publishes two opinions on BSE testing levels in cattle GAIN report E48083 (July 2008). On July 17, 2008, the Biological Hazards Panel (BIOHAZ) of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published two opinions on the monitoring of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in cattle in the EU-15. Increasing the age for testing for BSE from the present 30 months to 36 or 48 months of age for slaughtered cattle would likely lead to less than one missed BSE case in cattle annually in the whole EU-15. A Belgian question to EFSA asked what number of cases would be missed if the EU-15 stopped testing cattle born after 31/12/2003, which is 3 years after the “total feed ban” was introduced. EFSA replied that amongst those animals born in a given year in the EU-15 fewer than 6 cases would be expected to be missed.
Update of the BSE situation in 2007 GAIN report E48101 (September 2008)
EU Directorate for Health and Consumer Protection presents its TSE Roadmap GAIN report E35164 (August, 2005): On July 15, 2005, DG SANCO presented a whole series of possible amendments to its TSE policy in its "TSE Roadmap. These possible amendments to EC Regulation 999/2001 result from recent years' improvement in the EU-25 BSE situation and also addresses recent problems that have come up with the current measures. These amendments could halve the cost of the present BSE/TSE measures in the EU or more. Some of these amendments could also lower the present burden on some U.S. exports of processed animal by-products.
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Sunday, December 28, 2008MAD COW DISEASE USA DECEMBER 28, 2008 an 8 year review of a failed and flawed policy
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(Adopted by the International Committee of the OIE on 23 May 2006)
11. Information published by the OIE is derived from appropriate declarations made by the official Veterinary Services of Member Countries.The OIE is not responsible for inaccurate publication of country disease status based on inaccurate information or changes in epidemiological status or other significant events that were not promptly reported to then Central Bureau............
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IN my opinion the WOAH/OIE is nothing more than a organized bunch of lobbyist for the members Countries in support of there INDUSTRY, bound together as one, with the only purpose of open trade for there precious commodities and futures. Speaking only of BSE, they failed at every corner, and then just said to hell with it, well just trade all strains of TSE globally.
NOW, ask yourself why not one single mad cow has been documented in the USA since the Honorable Phyllis Fong of the OIG did the end around Johanns, Dehaven et al ??? found two atypical BSE or BASE cases and they flat shut it down i tell you. IF the OIE gives a favorable rating, IF the OIE gives any other rating but the lowest, poorest possible BSE/TSE rating, the OIE will have sealed there fate once and for all, because most of the world knows the truth about the USA and there mad cows. THE OIE will then be able to stand side by side with the USA, and proudly claim to have sold there soul to the devil, all for a buck, commodities and futures, to hell with human health. A 'CONTROLLED' RATING IS EXACTLY what the OIE will get if that is what they classify the USA as a 'CONTROLLED RATING'. IT will be controlled by Johanns, Dehaven, and GW. IT WILL BE RIGGED in other words. but that is nothing new, it's been rigged for years. ...
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Attachment to Singeltary comment January 28, 2007 Greetings APHIS, I would kindly like to submit the following to ; BSE; MRR; IMPORTATION OF LIVE BOVINES AND PRODUCTS DERIVED FROM BOVINES [Docket No. APHIS-2006-0041] RIN 0579-AC01 [Federal Register: January 9, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 5)] [Proposed Rules] [Page 1101-1129] From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov] [DOCID:fr09ja07-21]
BSE; MRR; IMPORTATION OF LIVE BOVINES AND PRODUCTS DERIVED FROM BOVINES [Docket No. APHIS-2006-0041] RIN 0579-AC01 Date: January 9, 2007 at 9:08 am PST
MY personal belief, since you ask, is that not only the Canadian border, but the USA border, and the Mexican border should be sealed up tighter than a drum for exporting there TSE tainted products, until a validated, 100% sensitive test is available, and all animals for human and animal consumption are tested. all we are doing is the exact same thing the UK did with there mad cow poisoning when they exported it all over the globe, all the while knowing what they were doing. this BSE MRR policy is nothing more than a legal tool to do just exactly what the UK did, thanks to the OIE and GW, it's legal now. and they executed Saddam for poisoning ???
Terry S. Singeltary Sr. P.O. Box 42 Bacliff, Texas USA 77518
January 28, 2007
I would kindly like to submit the following to ;
BSE; MRR; IMPORTATION OF LIVE BOVINES AND PRODUCTS DERIVED FROM BOVINES [Docket No. APHIS-2006-0041] RIN 0579-AC01
[Federal Register: January 9, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 5)] [Proposed Rules] [Page 1101-1129] From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov] [DOCID:fr09ja07-21]
Docket APHIS-2007-0033 Docket Title Agricultural Bioterrorism Protection Act of 2002; Biennial Review and Republication of the Select Agent and Toxin List Docket Type Rulemaking Document APHIS-2007-0033-0001 Document Title Agricultural Bioterrorism Protection Act of 2002; Biennial Review and Republication of the Select Agent and Toxin List Public Submission APHIS-2007-0033-0002.1 Public Submission Title Attachment to Singeltary comment
Manuscript Draft Manuscript Number: Title: HUMAN and ANIMAL TSE Classifications i.e. mad cow disease and the UKBSEnvCJD only theory Article Type: Personal View Corresponding Author: Mr. Terry S. Singeltary, Corresponding Author's Institution: na First Author: Terry S Singeltary, none Order of Authors: Terry S Singeltary, none; Terry S. Singeltary Abstract: TSEs have been rampant in the USA for decades in many species, and they all have been rendered and fed back to animals for human/animal consumption. I propose that the current diagnostic criteria for human TSEs only enhances and helps the spreading of human TSE from the continued belief of the UKBSEnvCJD only theory in 2007.