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Document 32005D0926

2005/926/EC: Commission Decision of 21 December 2005 on introducing supplementary measures to control infections with low pathogenic avian influenza in Italy and repealing Decision 2004/666/EC (notified under document number C(2005) 5566) (Text with EEA relevance)

OJ L 349M , 12.12.2006, p. 697–707 (MT)
OJ L 337, 22.12.2005, p. 60–70 (ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, IT, LV, LT, HU, NL, PL, PT, SK, SL, FI, SV)
Special edition in Bulgarian: Chapter 03 Volume 067 P. 258 - 268
Special edition in Romanian: Chapter 03 Volume 067 P. 258 - 268

No longer in force, Date of end of validity: 23/09/2007; Repealed by 32007D0638

ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/dec/2005/926/oj

22.12.2005   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 337/60


COMMISSION DECISION

of 21 December 2005

on introducing supplementary measures to control infections with low pathogenic avian influenza in Italy and repealing Decision 2004/666/EC

(notified under document number C(2005) 5566)

(Text with EEA relevance)

(2005/926/EC)

THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,

Having regard to Council Directive 89/662/EEC of 11 December 1989 concerning veterinary checks in intra-Community trade with a view to the completion of the internal market (1), and in particular, Article 9(4) thereof,

Having regard to Council Directive 90/425/EEC of 26 June 1990 concerning veterinary and zootechnical checks applicable in intra-community trade in certain live animals and products with a view to the completion of the internal market (2), and in particular, Article 10(4) thereof,

Having regard to Council Directive 92/40/EEC of 19 May 1992 introducing Community measures for the control of avian influenza (3), and in particular Article 16 thereof,

Having regard to Council Directive 2002/99/EC of 16 December 2002 laying down the animal health rules governing the production, processing, distribution and introduction of products of animal origin for human consumption (4), and in particular Articles 4(3) and 13(3) thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

Under Commission Decision 2002/975/EC of 12 December 2002 on introducing vaccination to supplement the measures to control infections with low pathogenic avian influenza in Italy and on specific movement control measures (5) a vaccination programme was carried out in parts of Northern Italy to control infections with low pathogenic avian influenza strain subtype H7N3. A differentiating infected from vaccinated animals (DIVA) strategy was applied by using a heterologous vaccine of H7N1 subtype, which allows differentiation between infected and vaccinated poultry.

(2)

Under Commission Decision 2004/666/EC of 29 September 2004 on introducing vaccination to supplement the measures to control infections with low pathogenic avian influenza in Italy and on specific movement control measures and repealing Decision 2002/975/EC (6) a new vaccination programme was approved in a smaller area of Italy compared to the previous vaccination campaign under Decision 2002/975/EC. The new programme is carried out with a bivalent vaccine containing both avian influenza subtypes H5 and H7. This kind of vaccination is carried out until at least 31 December 2005. That Decision also provides for a prohibition on intra-Community trade in live poultry and hatching eggs coming from and/or originating from the vaccination area and conditions for intra-Community trade in fresh meat originating from vaccinated poultry in accordance with article 3 of Decision 2004/666/EC.

(3)

The results of the vaccination programme, as provided for in Decision 2004/666/EC and reported at several meetings of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health, were generally favourable.

(4)

As a result of the favourable situation within the vaccination area provided for in Decision 2004/666/EC and in the light of the increased experience on the application of vaccination, dispatch of slaughter poultry, hatching eggs and day-old chicks from Italy should be permitted if certain conditions are fulfilled.

(5)

In the light of the particular risk of introduction of avian influenza in the areas of Italy in question, and the submission by Italy of an amended vaccination programme by the letter dated 23 June 2005 for approval, it appears appropriate to continue vaccination in the areas at higher risk of disease introduction. Furthermore, an intensive monitoring and surveillance should be performed both in the vaccination area and in its surroundings.

(6)

Special sampling and testing procedures should also be applicable to slaughter poultry.

(7)

In the interests of clarity of Community legislation, it is appropriate to repeal Decision 2004/666/EC and replace it by this Decision.

(8)

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:

Article 1

Approval of the vaccination programme

1.   The amended vaccination programme against avian influenza, submitted by Italy to the Commission on 23 June 2005, is approved (‘the vaccination programme’).

The vaccination programme shall be carried out with a bivalent vaccine in the areas listed in Annex I (‘the vaccination area’). The vaccination programme shall be implemented efficiently.

2.   Intensive monitoring and surveillance, as set out in the vaccination programme shall be carried out in the vaccination area and in the areas listed in Annex III.

Article 2

Restrictions on movements of live poultry, hatching eggs, day-old chicks and fresh meat of poultry

The restrictions on movements of live poultry, hatching eggs, day-old chicks and fresh meat of poultry into, out of and within the vaccination area and from holdings located in a restriction zone established in accordance with the provisions laid down in the vaccination programme shall apply in accordance with Article 3 to 9 of this Decision.

Article 3

Restrictions on dispatch of live poultry, hatching eggs and day-old chicks

No live poultry, hatching eggs and day-old chicks coming from and/or originating from holdings in the vaccination area and from holdings located in a restriction zone established in accordance with the provisions laid down in the vaccination programme shall be dispatched from Italy.

Article 4

Derogation from restrictions on dispatch of slaughter poultry

1.   By way of derogation from Article 3, slaughter poultry that come from and/or originate from holdings in the vaccination area, may be dispatched from Italy if the poultry:

(a)

come from holdings that are not located in a restriction zone established in accordance with the provisions laid down in the vaccination programme;

(b)

originate from flocks which have been regularly inspected and tested with negative results for avian influenza, with particular attention paid to sentinel birds;

(c)

originate from flocks which have been clinically inspected by an official veterinarian within 48 hours before loading, with particular attention paid to sentinel birds;

(d)

originate from flocks which have been tested serologically for avian influenza with negative results at the national laboratory for avian influenza, by using the sampling and testing procedure laid down in Annex II to this Decision;

(e)

are sent directly to a slaughterhouse and slaughtered immediately upon arrival.

2.   For the testing of flocks, as provided for in point (b) of paragraph 1, the following tests shall be used:

(a)

for vaccinated birds, the developed indirect Immunofluorescence Assay (‘iIFA-test’);

(b)

for non-vaccinated birds:

(i)

the Haemagglutination-Inhibition Test (HI);

(ii)

the AGID-test;

(iii)

the ELISA-test; or

(iv)

the iIFA-test, if necessary.

Article 5

Derogation from restrictions on dipatch of hatching eggs

By way of derogation from Article 3, hatching eggs that come from and/or originate from holdings in the vaccination area, may be dispatched from Italy if:

(a)

they come from holdings that are not located in a restriction zone established in accordance with the provisions laid down in the vaccination programme;

(b)

they come from flocks which have been regularly inspected and tested with negative results for avian influenza using the tests as provided for in Article 4(2);

(c)

they are disinfected before departure from the holding;

(d)

they are transported directly to the hatchery of destination;

(e)

the hatchery of destination can ensure the traceability of the hatching eggs by means of the records of the holding of origin of the hatching eggs and of the destination of the day-old chicks hatched from such eggs.

Article 6

Derogation from restrictions on dispatch of day-old chicks

By way of derogation from Article 3, day-old chicks that come from and/or originate from holdings located in the vaccination area, may be dispatched from Italy if they orginate from hatching eggs that comply with the conditions set out in Article 5.

Article 7

Animal health certificates for consignments of live poultry, hatching eggs and day-old chicks

Animal health certificates accompanying consignments of live poultry, hatching eggs and day-old chicks from Italy shall include the words: ‘The animal health conditions of this consignment are in accordance with Commission Decision 2005/926/EC’.

Article 8

Restrictions on dispatch and special marking of fresh meat of poultry

1.   Fresh meat of poultry as provided in Article 2 shall be marked in accordance with paragraph 2 and shall not be dispatched from Italy if it is derived from:

(a)

poultry originating from holdings located in a restriction zone established in accordance with the provisions laid down in the vaccination programme;

(b)

poultry vaccinated against avian influenza;

(c)

poultry from avian influenza sero-positive poultry flocks destined for slaughter under official control in accordance with the vaccination programme.

2.   Fresh meat of poultry as provided in paragraph 1 shall be marked with a special health or identification mark which cannot be confused with the health mark as provided in Chapter XII, Annex I to Council Directive 71/118/EEC (7) and shall, in particular, not be oval. That mark shall contain the approval number of the establishment but not the letters C.E.

Article 9

Derogation from restrictions on dispatch of fresh meat of poultry

By way of derogation from Article 8(1)(b) and paragraph 2, fresh meat derived from turkeys and chickens vaccinated against avian influenza with a heterologous vaccine of subtype (H7N1) and (H5N9) may be dispatched from Italy, provided that the meat comes from turkeys and chickens which:

(a)

originate from flocks which have been regularly inspected and tested with negative results for avian influenza, with particular attention paid to sentinel birds;

(b)

originate from flocks which have been clinically inspected by an official veterinarian within 48 hours before loading, with particular attention paid to sentinel birds;

(c)

originate from flocks which have been tested serologically for avian influenza with negative results at the national laboratory for avian influenza, by using the sampling and testing procedure laid down in Annex II to this Decision;

(d)

come from flocks which have been tested with negative results for avian influenza using the tests as provided for in Article 4(2);

(e)

are kept separated from other flocks which do not comply with this Article;

(f)

are sent directly to a slaughterhouse and slaughtered immediately upon arrival.

Article 10

Health certificate for fresh meat of turkey and chicken

Fresh meat of turkey and chicken complying with the conditions set out in Article 9 shall be accompanied by a health certificate in accordance with the model set out in Annex VI to l Directive 71/118/EEC, which shall include under point IV (a) of that certificate the following attestation of the official veterinarian:

‘The turkey meat/chicken meat (8) described above is in accordance with Commission Decision 2005/926/EC.

Article 11

Washing and disinfection of packaging and means of transport

Italy shall ensure that in the vaccination area listed in Annex I:

(a)

only disposable packaging material, or packaging material which can be effectively washed and disinfected, is used for the collection, storage and transport of hatching eggs and day-old chicks;

(b)

all means of transport used for transporting live poultry, hatching eggs, day-old chicks, fresh poultry meat and poultry feedstuff are cleaned and disinfected immediately before and after each transport with disinfectants and methods of use approved by the competent authority.

Article 12

Reports

Italy shall submit a report to the Commission containing information on the effectiveness of the vaccination programme within six mouths from the date of application of this Decision and thereafter at six-monthly intervals.

Article 13

Repeals

Decision 2004/666/EC is repealed.

Article 14

Applicability

This Decision shall apply from the tenth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Article 15

Addresses

This Decision is addressed to the Member States.

Done at Brussels, 21 December 2005.

For the Commission

Markos KYPRIANOU

Member of the Commission


(1)  OJ L 395, 30.12.1989, p. 13. Directive as last amended by Directive 2004/41/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 157, 30.4.2004, p. 33); corrected version (OJ L 195, 2.6.2004, p. 12).

(2)  OJ L 224, 18.8.1990, p. 29. Directive as last amended by Directive 2002/33/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 315, 19.11.2002, p. 14).

(3)  OJ L 167, 22.6.1992, p. 1. Directive as last amended by 2003 Act of Accession.

(4)  OJ L 18, 23.1.2003, p. 11.

(5)  OJ L 337, 13.12.2002, p. 87. Decision as last amended by Decision 2004/159/EC (OJ L 50, 20.2.2004, p. 63).

(6)  OJ L 303, 30.9.2004, p. 35. Decision as amended by Decision 2005/10/EC (OJ L 4, 6.1.2005, p. 15).

(7)  OJ L 55, 8.3.1971, p. 23.

(8)  Delete as appropriate.’


ANNEX I

VACCINATION AREA WHERE VACCINATION IS CARRIED OUT WITH A BIVALENT VACCINE

Veneto Region

Verona Province

ALBAREDO D'ADIGE

 

ANGIARI

 

ARCOLE

 

BELFIORE

 

BONAVIGO

 

BOVOLONE

 

BUTTAPIETRA

 

CALDIERO

area to the south of the A4 motorway

CASALEONE

 

CASTEL D'AZZANO

 

CASTELNUOVO DEL GARDA

area to the south of the A4 motorway

CEREA

 

COLOGNA VENETA

 

COLOGNOLA AI COLLI

area to the south of the A4 motorway

CONCAMARISE

 

ERBÈ

 

GAZZO VERONESE

 

ISOLA DELLA SCALA

 

ISOLA RIZZA

 

LAVAGNO

area to the south of the A4 motorway

MINERBE

 

MONTEFORTE D'ALPONE

area to the south of the A4 motorway

MOZZECANE

 

NOGARA

 

NOGAROLE ROCCA

 

OPPEANO

 

PALÙ

 

PESCHIERA DEL GARDA

area to the south of the A4 motorway

POVEGLIANO VERONESE

 

PRESSANA

 

RONCO ALL'ADIGE

 

ROVERCHIARA

 

ROVEREDO DI GUÀ

 

SALIZZOLE

 

SAN BONIFACIO

area to the south of the A4 motorway

SAN GIOVANNI LUPATOTO

area to the south of the A4 motorway

SANGUINETTO

 

SAN MARTINO BUON ALBERGO

area to the south of the A4 motorway

SAN PIETRO DI MORUBIO

 

SOAVE

area to the south of the A4 motorway

SOMMACAMPAGNA

area to the south of the A4 motorway

SONA

area to the south of the A4 motorway

SORGÀ

 

TREVENZUOLO

 

VALEGGIO SUL MINCIO

 

VERONA

area to the south of the A4 motorway

VERONELLA

 

VIGASIO

 

VILLAFRANCA DI VERONA

 

ZEVIO

 

ZIMELLA

 


Lombardia Region

Brescia Province

ACQUAFREDDA

 

ALFIANELLO

 

BAGNOLO MELLA

 

BASSANO BRESCIANO

 

BORGOSATOLLO

 

BRESCIA

area to the south of the A4 motorway

CALCINATO

area to the south of the A4 motorway

CALVISANO

 

CAPRIANO DEL COLLE

 

CARPENEDOLO

 

CASTENEDOLO

area to the south of the A4 motorway

CIGOLE

 

DELLO

 

DESENZANO DEL GARDA

area to the south of the A4 motorway

FIESSE

 

FLERO

 

GAMBARA

 

GHEDI

 

GOTTOLENGO

 

ISORELLA

 

LENO

 

LONATO

area to the south of the A4 motorway

MANERBIO

 

MILZANO

 

MONTICHIARI

 

MONTIRONE

 

OFFLAGA

 

PAVONE DEL MELLA

 

PONCARALE

 

PONTEVICO

 

POZZOLENGO

area to the south of the A4 motorway

PRALBOINO

 

QUINZANO D'OGLIO

 

REMEDELLO

 

REZZATO

area to the south of the A4 motorway

SAN GERVASIO BRESCIANO

 

SAN ZENO NAVIGLIO

 

SENIGA

 

VEROLANUOVA

 

VEROLAVECCHIA

 

VISANO

 

Mantova Province

CASTIGLIONE DELLE STIVIERE

 

CAVRIANA

 

CERESARA

 

GOITO

 

GUIDIZZOLO

 

MARMIROLO

 

MEDOLE

 

MONZAMBANO

 

PONTI SUL MINCIO

 

ROVERBELLA

 

SOLFERINO

 

VOLTA MANTOVANA

 


ANNEX II

SAMPLING AND TESTING PROCEDURE

1.   Introduction and general use

The developed indirect Immunofluorescence Assay (iIFA-test) is aimed at the differentiation between vaccinated/field exposed and vaccinated/non field exposed turkeys and chickens in the framework of a Differentiating Infected from Vaccinated Animals (DIVA) vaccination strategy using a heterologous subtype vaccine from the field virus subtype.

2.   Use of the test for the purpose of dispatching fresh turkey and chicken meat from the vaccination area in Italy

Meat originating from turkey and chicken flocks vaccinated against avian influenza may be dispatched from Italy provided that, where all the birds are kept in one building, blood samples have been taken by the official veterinarian within seven days prior to slaughter from at least 10 vaccinated turkeys or chickens destined for slaughter.

However, where the poultry are kept in more than one group or shed, at least 20 vaccinated birds selected randomly from all the groups or sheds on the farm shall be sampled.

3.   Use of the test for the purpose of dispatching slaughter poultry from the vaccination area in Italy

Slaughter poultry originating from the vaccination area may be dispatched from Italy provided that, where all the birds have been kept in one building, blood samples from at least 10 birds destined for slaughter have been taken by the official veterinarian within seven days prior dispatch. However, where the poultry are kept in more than one group or shed, at least 20 birds selected randomly from all the groups or sheds on the farm shall be sampled.


ANNEX III

AREAS BORDERING THE VACCINATION AREA WHERE INTENSIVE MONITORING AND SURVEILLANCE IS CARRIED OUT

Lombardia Region

Bergamo province

ANTEGNATE

 

BAGNATICA

area to the south of the A4 motorway

BARBATA

 

BARIANO

 

BOLGARE

area to the south of the A4 motorway

CALCINATE

 

CALCIO

 

CASTELLI CALEPIO

area to the south of the A4 motorway

CAVERNAGO

 

CIVIDATE AL PIANO

 

COLOGNO AL SERIO

 

CORTENUOVA

 

COSTA DI MEZZATE

area to the south of the A4 motorway

COVO

 

FARA OLIVANA CON SOLA

 

FONTANELLA

 

GHISALBA

 

GRUMELLO DEL MONTE

area to the south of the A4 motorway

ISSO

 

MARTINENGO

 

MORENGO

 

MORNICO AL SERIO

 

PAGAZZANO

 

PALOSCO

 

PUMENENGO

 

ROMANO DI LOMBARDIA

 

SERIATE

area to the south of the A4 motorway

TELGATE

area to the south of the A4 motorway

TORRE PALLAVICINA

 

Brescia province

AZZANO MELLA

 

BARBARIGA

 

BASSANO BRESCIANO

 

BERLINGO

 

BORGO SAN GIACOMO

 

BRANDICO

 

CASTEGNATO

area to the south of the A4 motorway

CASTEL MELLA

 

CASTELCOVATI

 

CASTREZZATO

 

CAZZAGO SAN MARTINO

area to the south of the A4 motorway

CHIARI

 

COCCAGLIO

 

COLOGNE

 

COMEZZANO-CIZZAGO

 

CORZANO

 

ERBUSCO

area to the south of the A4 motorway

LOGRATO

 

LONGHENA

 

MACLODIO

 

MAIRANO

 

ORZINUOVI

 

ORZIVECCHI

 

OSPITALETTO

area to the south of the A4 motorway

PALAZZOLO SULL'OGLIO

area to the south of the A4 motorway

POMPIANO

 

PONTOGLIO

 

ROCCAFRANCA

 

RONCADELLE

area to the south of the A4 motorway

ROVATO

area to the south of the A4 motorway

RUDIANO

 

SAN PAOLO

 

TORBOLE CASAGLIA

 

TRAVAGLIATO

 

TRENZANO

 

URAGO D'OGLIO

 

VILLACHIARA

 

Cremona province

CAMISANO

 

CASALE CREMASCO-VIDOLASCO

 

CASALETTO DI SOPRA

 

CASTEL GABBIANO

 

SONCINO

 

Mantova province

ACQUANEGRA SUL CHIESE

 

ASOLA

 

BIGARELLO

 

CANNETO SULL'OGLIO

 

CASALMORO

 

CASALOLDO

 

CASALROMANO

 

CASTEL D'ARIO

 

CASTEL GOFFREDO

 

CASTELBELFORTE

 

GAZOLDO DEGLI IPPOLITI

 

MARIANA MANTOVANA

 

PIUBEGA

 

PORTO MANTOVANO

 

REDONDESCO

 

RODIGO

 

RONCOFERRARO

 

SAN GIORGIO DI MANTOVA

 

VILLIMPENTA

 


Veneto Region

Padua province

CARCERI

 

CASALE DI SCODOSIA

 

ESTE

 

LOZZO ATESTINO

 

MEGLIADINO SAN FIDENZIO

 

MEGLIADINO SAN VITALE

 

MONTAGNANA

 

OSPEDALETTO EUGANEO

 

PONSO

 

SALETTO

 

SANTA MARGHERITA D’ADIGE

 

URBANA

 

Verona province

BEVILACQUA

 

BOSCHI SANT'ANNA

 

BUSSOLENGO

 

PESCANTINA

 

SOMMACAMPAGNA

area to the north of the A4 motorway

SONA

area to the north of the A4 motorway

Vicenza province

AGUGLIARO

 

ALBETTONE

 

ALONTE

 

ASIGLIANO VENETO

 

BARBARANO VICENTINO

 

CAMPIGLIA DEI BERICI

 

CASTEGNERO

 

LONIGO

 

MONTEGALDA

 

MONTEGALDELLA

 

MOSSANO

 

NANTO

 

NOVENTA VICENTINA

 

ORGIANO

 

POIANA MAGGIORE

 

SAN GERMANO DEI BERICI

 

SOSSANO

 

VILLAGA

 


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