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2023/2457

31.10.2023

COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) 2023/2457

of 30 October 2023

amending Annexes V and XIV to Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/404 as regards the entries for Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States in the lists of third countries authorised for the entry into the Union of consignments of poultry, germinal products of poultry, fresh meat of poultry and game birds

(Text with EEA relevance)

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Regulation (EU) 2016/429 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 2016 on transmissible animal diseases and amending and repealing certain acts in the area of animal health (‘Animal Health Law’) (1), and in particular Articles 230(1) and 232(1) and (3) thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

Regulation (EU) 2016/429 provides that consignments of animals, germinal products and products of animal origin must come from a third country or territory, or zone or compartment thereof, listed in accordance with Article 230(1) of that Regulation in order to enter the Union.

(2)

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/692 (2) lays down the animal health requirements that consignments of certain species and categories of animals, germinal products and products of animal origin, from third countries or territories, or zones thereof, or compartments thereof in the case of aquaculture animals, must comply with in order to enter the Union.

(3)

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/404 (3) establishes the lists of third countries, or territories, or zones or compartments thereof, from which the entry into the Union of the species and categories of animals, germinal products and products of animal origin falling within the scope of Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/692 is permitted.

(4)

More particularly, Annexes V and XIV to Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/404 set out the lists of third countries, or territories, or zones thereof authorised for the entry into the Union, respectively, of consignments of poultry, germinal products of poultry, fresh meat of poultry and game birds.

(5)

Canada has notified the Commission of two outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in poultry in the province of Alberta, which were confirmed on 10 October 2023 and 11 October 2023 by laboratory analysis (RT-PCR).

(6)

The United Kingdom has notified the Commission of two outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in poultry in Scotland, in the council area of Aberdeenshire and on the Isle of Lewis, which were confirmed on 23 October 2023 and 27 September 2023, respectively, by laboratory analysis (RT-PCR).

(7)

The United States has notified the Commission of four outbreaks of HPAI in poultry in the states of Minnesota (3) and South Dakota (1), which were confirmed on 18 October 2023 and 19 October 2023 by laboratory analysis (RT-PCR).

(8)

Following these recent outbreaks of HPAI, the veterinary authorities of Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States established restricted zones of at least 10 km around the affected establishments and implemented a stamping-out policy to control the presence of HPAI and limit the spread of that disease.

(9)

Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States have submitted information to the Commission on the epidemiological situation on their territories and the measures taken to prevent the further spread of HPAI.

(10)

That information has been evaluated by the Commission. The Commision considers that, in view of the animal health situation in the areas under restrictions established by the veterinary authorities of Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States, the entry into the Union of consigments of poultry, germinal products of poultry, and fresh meat of poultry and game birds from those areas should be suspended, in order to protect the animal health status of the Union.

(11)

Moreover, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States have provided updated information to the Commission in relation to the epidemiological situation on their territories as regards HPAI that gave rise to the suspension of the entry of certain products into the Union, as set out in Annexes V and XIV to Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/404.

(12)

Canada has submitted updated information on the epidemiological situation on its territory in relation to one outbreak of HPAI in a poultry establishment in the province of Alberta, which was confirmed om 11 September 2023.

(13)

The United Kingdom has submitted updated information on the epidemiological situation in relation to one outbreak of HPAI in a poultry establishment in England, in the county of Cheshire, which was confirmed on 9 September 2023.

(14)

The United States has submitted updated information on the epidemiological situation on its territory in relation to one outbreak of HPAI in a poultry establishment in the state of New Jersey, which was confirmed on 15 September 2023.

(15)

Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States have also submitted information on the measures that were taken to prevent the further spread of HPAI. In particular, following the outbreak of that disease, they have implemented a stamping out policy in order to control and limit the spread of that disease, and they have also completed the requisite cleaning and disinfection following the implementation of the stamping out policy on the infected poultry establishments on their territories.

(16)

The Commission has evaluated the information submitted by Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States, and considers that they have provided appropriate guarantees that the animal health situation that gave rise to the suspension, no longer represents a threat to animal or public health within the Union, and that, consequently, the entry into the Union of poultry commodities from the concerned zones of Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States, from which entry into the Union had been suspended, should be reauthorised.

(17)

Annexes V and XIV to Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/404 should therefore be amended to take account of the current epidemiological situation as regards HPAI in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.

(18)

Taking into account the current epidemiological situation in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States as regards HPAI, the amendments to be made to Annexes V and XIV to Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/404 by this Regulation should take effect as a matter of urgency.

(19)

The measures provided for in this Regulation are in accordance with the opinion of the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

Annexes V and XIV to Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/404 are amended in accordance with the Annex to this Regulation.

Article 2

Entry into force and applicability

This Regulation shall enter into force on the day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.

Done at Brussels, 30 October 2023.

For the Commission

The President

Ursula VON DER LEYEN


(1)   OJ L 84, 31.3.2016, p. 1.

(2)  Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/692 of 30 January 2020 supplementing Regulation (EU) 2016/429 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards rules for entry into the Union, and the movement and handling after entry of consignments of certain animals, germinal products and products of animal origin (OJ L 174, 3.6.2020, p. 379).

(3)  Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/404 of 24 March 2021 laying down the lists of third countries, territories or zones thereof from which the entry into the Union of animals, germinal products and products of animal origin is permitted in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2016/429 of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 114, 31.3.2021, p. 1).


ANNEX

Annexes V and XIV to Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/404 are amended as follows:

(1)

Annex V is amended as follows:

(a)

in Part 1, Section B is amended as follows:

(i)

in the entry for Canada, the row for the zone CA-2.191 is replaced by the following:

CA

Canada

CA-2.191

BPP, BPR, DOC, DOR, SP, SR, POU-LT20, HEP, HER, HE-LT20

N, P1

 

11.9.2023

20.10.2023’

(ii)

in the entry for Canada, the following rows for the zones CA-2.195 and CA-2.196 are added after the row for the zone CA-2.194:

CA

Canada

CA-2.195

BPP, BPR, DOC, DOR, SP, SR, POU-LT20, HEP, HER, HE-LT20

N, P1

 

10.10.2023

 

CA-2.196

N, P1

 

11.10.2023’

 

(iii)

in the entry for the United Kingdom, the row for the zone GB-2.319 is replaced by the following:

GB

United Kingdom

GB-2.319

BPP, BPR, DOC, DOR, SP, SR, POU-LT20, HEP, HER, HE-LT20

N, P1

 

8.9.2023

17.10.2023’

(iv)

in the entry for the United Kingdom, the following rows for the zones GB-2.321 and GB-2.322 are added after the row for the zone GB-2.320:

GB

United Kingdom

GB-2.321

BPP, BPR, DOC, DOR, SP, SR, POU-LT20, HEP, HER, HE-LT20

N, P1

 

27.9.2023

 

GB-2.322

N, P1

 

23.10.2023’

 

(v)

in the entry for the United States, the row for the zone US-2.459 is replaced by the following:

US

United States

US-2.459

BPP, BPR, DOC, DOR, SP, SR, POU-LT20, HEP, HER, HE-LT20

N, P1

 

15.9.2023

18.10.2023’

(vi)

in the entry for the United States, the rows for the zones US-2.469 to US-2.472 are added after the row for the zone US-2.468:

US

United States

US-2.469

BPP, BPR, DOC, DOR, SP, SR, POU-LT20, HEP, HER, HE-LT20

N, P1

 

18.10.2023

 

US-2.470

N, P1

 

18.10.2023

 

US-2.471

N, P1

 

19.10.2023

 

US-2.472

N, P1

 

19.10.2023’

 

(b)

Part 2 is amended as follows:

(i)

in the entry for the United Kingdom, the following descriptions of the zones GB-2.321 and GB-2.322 are added after the description of the zone GB-2.320:

‘United Kingdom

GB-2.321

in Sheshader, Isle of Lewis, Scotland, GB

The area contained within a circle of a radius of 10km, centred on WGS84 dec, coordinates Lat: N58.23 and Long: W6.17

GB-2.322

near Strichen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, GB

The area contained within a circle of a radius of 10 km, centred on WGS84 dec, coordinates Lat: N57.61 and Long: W2.11’

(ii)

in the entry for Canada, the following descriptions of the zones CA-2.195 and CA-2.196 are added after the description of the zone CA-2.194:

‘Canada

CA-2.195

Alberta – Latitude 55.15, Longitude – 118.03

The municipalities involved are:

3km PZ: Cooked Creek

10km SZ: Cooked Creek and DeBolt

CA-2.196

Alberta – Latitude 53.52, Longitude – 114.97

The municipalities involved are:

 

3km PZ: Entwistle and Evansburg

 

10km SZ: Entwistle, Evansburg, Gainford, Moon Lake, Tomahawk, and Seba Beach’

(iii)

in the entry for the United States, the following descriptions of the zones US-2.469 to US-2.472 are added after the description of the zone US-2.468:

‘United States

US-2.469

State of Minnesota

Blue Earth 03

Blue Earth County: A circular zone of a 10 km radius starting with North point (GPS coordinates: 93.8555959°W 44.0420843°N)

US-2.470

State of Minnesota

Redwood 02

Redwood County: A circular zone of a 10 km radius starting with North point (GPS coordinates: 95.3658445°W 44.6198078°N)

US-2.471

State of Minnesota

Becker 05

Becker County: A circular zone of a 10 km radius starting with North point (GPS coordinates: 95.5090881°W 46.8659432°N)

US-2.472

State of South Dakota

Spink 09

Spink County: A circular zone of a 10 km radius starting with North point (GPS coordinates: 98.2900442°W 44.8883074°N)’

(2)

in Annex XIV, in Part 1, Section B is amended as follows:

(a)

in the entry for Canada, the rows for the zone CA-2.191 are replaced by the following:

CA

Canada

CA-2.191

POU, RAT

N, P1

 

11.9.2023

20.10.2023

GBM

P1

 

11.9.2023

20.10.2023’

(b)

in the entry for Canada, the following rows for the zones CA-2.195 and CA-2.196 are added after the rows for the zone CA-2.194:

CA

Canada

CA-2.195

POU, RAT

N, P1

 

10.10.2023

 

GBM

P1

 

10.10.2023.

 

CA-2.196

POU, RAT

N, P1

 

11.10.2023

 

GBM

P1

 

11.10.2023’

 

(c)

in the entry for the United Kingdom, the rows for the zone GB-2.319 are replaced by the following:

GB

United Kingdom

GB-2.319

POU, RAT

N, P1

 

8.9.2023

17.10.2023

GBM

P1

 

8.9.2023

17.10.2023’

(d)

in the entry for the United Kingdom, the following rows for the zones GB-2.321 and GB-2.322 are added after the rows for the zone GB-2.320:

GB

United Kingdom

GB-2.321

POU, RAT

N, P1

 

27.9.2023

 

GBM

P1

 

27.9.2023

 

GB-2.322

POU, RAT

N, P1

 

23.10.2023

 

GBM

P1

 

23.10.2023’

 

(e)

in the entry for the United States, the rows for the zone US-2.459 are replaced by the following:

US

United States

US-2.459

POU, RAT

N, P1

 

15.9.2023

18.10.2023

GBM

P1

 

15.9.2023

18.10.2023’

(f)

in the entry for the United States, the rows for the zones US-2.469 to US-2.472 are added after the rows for the zone US-2.468:

US

United States

US-2.469

POU, RAT

N, P1

 

18.10.2023

 

GBM

P1

 

18.10.2023

 

US-2.470

POU, RAT

N, P1

 

18.10.2023

 

GBM

P1

 

18.10.2023

 

US-2.471

POU, RAT

N, P1

 

19.10.2023

 

GBM

P1

 

19.10.2023

 

US-2.472

POU, RAT

N, P1

 

19.10.2023

 

GBM

P1

 

19.10.2023’

 


ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/reg_impl/2023/2457/oj

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