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Document 32007D0718

2007/718/EC: Commission Decision of 6 November 2007 concerning certain protection measures against foot-and-mouth disease in Cyprus (notified under document number C(2007) 5452) (Text with EEA relevance)

OJ L 289, 7.11.2007, p. 45–58 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

No longer in force, Date of end of validity: 31/01/2008

ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/dec/2007/718/oj

7.11.2007   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 289/45


COMMISSION DECISION

of 6 November 2007

concerning certain protection measures against foot-and-mouth disease in Cyprus

(notified under document number C(2007) 5452)

(Text with EEA relevance)

(2007/718/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,

Whereas:

(1)

Outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease have been declared in Cyprus.

(2)

The foot-and-mouth disease situation in Cyprus is liable to endanger the herds of other Member States in view of trade in live biungulate animals and the placing on the market of certain of their products.

(3)

Cyprus has taken measures in the framework of Council Directive 2003/85/EC of 29 September 2003 on Community measures for the control of foot-and-mouth disease repealing Directive 85/511/EEC and Decisions 89/531/EEC and 91/665/EEC and amending Directive 92/46/EEC (3), and has introduced further measures within the affected areas.

(4)

The disease situation in Cyprus makes it necessary to reinforce the control measures for foot-and-mouth disease taken by Cyprus.

(5)

It is appropriate to define as a permanent measure the high and low risk areas in the affected Member State and to provide for a prohibition on the dispatch of susceptible animals from the high and low risk areas and on the dispatch of products derived from susceptible animals from the high risk area. The Decision should also provide for the rules applicable to the dispatch from those areas of safe products that either had been produced before the restrictions, from raw material sourced from outside the restricted areas or that had undergone a treatment proven effective in inactivating possible foot-and-mouth disease virus.

(6)

The size of the defined risk areas is a direct function of the outcome of tracing of possible contacts to the infected holding and takes into account the possibility to implement sufficient controls on the movement of animals and products. At this point of time and based on information provided by Cyprus, the whole of Cyprus should currently remain a high risk area.

(7)

The prohibition of dispatch should only cover products derived from animals of susceptible species coming from or obtained from animals originating in the high risk areas listed in Annex I and should not affect transit through these areas of such products coming from or obtained from animals originating in other areas.

(8)

Council Directive 64/432/EEC (4) concerns animal health problems affecting intra-Community trade in bovine animals and swine.

(9)

Council Directive 91/68/EEC (5) concerns animal health conditions governing intra-Community trade in ovine and caprine animals.

(10)

Council Directive 92/65/EEC of 13 July 1992 laying down animal health requirements governing trade in and imports into the Community of animals, semen, ova and embryos not subject to animal health requirements laid down in specific Community rules referred to in Annex A (I) to Directive 90/425/EEC (6) concerns, amongst others, trade in other biungulates and in semen, ova and embryos of sheep and goats, and in embryos of porcine animals.

(11)

Regulation (EC) No 853/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 laying down specific hygiene rules for food of animal origin (7) concerns, amongst others, the health conditions for the production and marketing of fresh meat, minced meat, mechanically separated meat, meat preparations, farmed game meat, meat products, including treated stomachs, bladders and intestines, and dairy products.

(12)

Regulation (EC) No 854/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 laying down specific rules for the organisation of official controls on products of animal origin intended for human consumption (8) concerns, amongst others, the health marking of food of animal origin.

(13)

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 (9) provides for specific treatment of meat products that ensure inactivation of the foot-and-mouth disease virus in products of animal origin.

(14)

Commission Decision 2001/304/EC of 11 April 2001 on marking and use of certain animal products in relation to Decision 2001/172/EC concerning certain protection measures with regard to foot-and-mouth disease in the United Kingdom (10) concerns a specific health mark to be applied to certain products of animal origin that shall be restricted to the national market. It is appropriate to lay down in a separate Annex a similar marking in the case of foot-and-mouth disease in Cyprus.

(15)

Council Directive 92/118/EEC (11) lays down animal health and public health requirements governing trade in and imports into the Community of products not subject to the said requirements laid down in specific Community rules referred to in Annex A(I) to Directive 89/662/EEC and, as regards pathogens, to Directive 90/425/EEC.

(16)

Regulation (EC) No 1774/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 3 October 2002 laying down health rules concerning animal by-products not intended for human consumption (12) provides for a range of treatments of animal by-products suitable to inactivate foot-and-mouth disease virus.

(17)

Council Directive 88/407/EEC (13) lays down the animal health requirements applicable to intra-Community trade in and imports of deep-frozen semen of domestic animals of the bovine species.

(18)

Council Directive 89/556/EEC (14) concerns the animal health conditions governing intra-Community trade in and imports from third countries of embryos of domestic animals of the bovine species.

(19)

Council Directive 90/429/EEC (15) lays down the animal health requirements applicable to intra-Community trade in and imports of semen of domestic animals of the porcine species.

(20)

Council Decision 90/424/EEC of 26 June 1990 on expenditure in the veterinary field (16) provides for a mechanism to compensate affected holdings for losses incurred as a result of disease control measures.

(21)

Insofar as medicinal products defined in Directive 2001/82/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 November 2001 on the Community code relating to veterinary medicinal products (17), Directive 2001/83/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 November 2001 on the Community code relating to medicinal products for human use (18), and Directive 2001/20/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 April 2001 on the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States relating to the implementation of good clinical practice in the conduct of clinical trials on medicinal products for human use (19) no longer fall under the scope of Regulation (EC) No 1774/2002 they should be excluded from animal health related restrictions set up by this Decision.

(22)

Article 6 of Commission Decision 2007/275/EC of 17 April 2007 concerning lists of animals and products to be subject to controls at border inspection posts under Council Directives 91/496/EEC and 97/78/EC (20) provides for a derogation from the veterinary checks for certain products containing animal products. It is appropriate to allow dispatch from the high risk areas of such products under a simplified certification regime.

(23)

Member States other than Cyprus should support the disease control measures carried out in the affected areas by ensuring that live susceptible animals are not consigned to those areas.

(24)

To better understand the epidemiological situation and to facilitate the detection of possible infection, it is necessary to enforce a prolonged standstill for livestock on the island while granting the possibility for slaughter and the transport of equidae under controlled conditions.

(25)

The situation shall be reviewed at the meeting of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health scheduled for 3 December 2007, and the measures adapted where necessary.

(26)

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

Live animals

1.   Without prejudice to the measures taken by Cyprus within the framework of Directive 2003/85/EC, and notably the establishment of a temporary control zone in accordance with Article 7(1) and a movement ban as provided for in Article 7(3) of that Directive, Cyprus shall ensure that the conditions set out in paragraphs 2 to 7 of this Article are met.

2.   No live animals of the bovine, ovine, caprine and porcine species and other biungulates shall move between the areas listed in Annex I and Annex II.

3.   No live animals of the bovine, ovine, caprine and porcine species and other biungulates shall be dispatched from or moved through the areas listed in Annex I and Annex II.

4.   By way of derogation from paragraph 3, the competent authorities of Cyprus may authorise the direct and uninterrupted transit of biungulate animals through the areas listed in Annex I and Annex II on main roads and railway lines.

5.   The health certificates, as provided for in Directive 64/432/EEC for live bovine and porcine animals and in Directive 91/68/EEC for live ovine and caprine animals, accompanying animals consigned from parts of the territory of Cyprus not listed in Annex I and Annex II to other Member States shall bear the following words:

‘Animals conforming to Commission Decision 2007/718/EC of 6 November 2007 concerning certain protection measures against foot-and-mouth disease in Cyprus’.

6.   The health certificates accompanying biungulates other than those covered by the certificates referred to in paragraph 5, consigned from parts of the territory of Cyprus not listed in Annex I and Annex II to other Member States shall bear the following words:

‘Live biungulates conforming to Commission Decision 2007/718/EC of 6 November 2007 concerning certain protection measures against foot-and-mouth disease in Cyprus’.

7.   Animals accompanied by an animal health certificate as referred to in paragraphs 5 and 6 may be moved to other Member States only if the local veterinary authority in Cyprus has, three days before the move, notified the central and local veterinary authorities in the Member State of destination.

8.   By way of derogation from paragraph 2 the competent authorities of Cyprus may authorise the transport of animals of species susceptible to foot-and-mouth disease from holdings situated in areas listed in Annex II to a slaughterhouse situated in the areas listed in Annex I.

Article 2

Meats

1.   For the purposes of this Article, ‘meats’ means ‘fresh meat’, ‘minced meat’, ‘mechanically separated meat’ and ‘meat preparations’ as defined in points 1.10, 1.13, 1.14 and 1.15 of Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 853/2004.

2.   Cyprus shall not dispatch meats of the bovine, ovine, caprine and porcine species and other biungulates coming from or obtained from animals originating in the areas listed in Annex I.

3.   Meats not eligible for dispatch from Cyprus in accordance with this Decision shall be marked in accordance with the second subparagraph of Article 4(1) of Directive 2002/99/EC or in accordance with Annex IV.

4.   The prohibition set out in paragraph 2 shall not apply to meats bearing the health mark in accordance with Chapter III of Section I of Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 854/2004, provided that:

(a)

the meat is clearly identified, and has been transported and stored since the date of production separately from meat which is not eligible, in accordance with this Decision, for dispatch outside the areas listed in Annex I;

(b)

the meat complies with one of the following conditions:

(i)

it was obtained before 15 September 2007; or

(ii)

it is derived from animals that have been reared for at least 90 days, or since birth if less than 90 days of age, prior to the date of slaughter and which have been slaughtered, or in the case of meat obtained from wild game of species susceptible to foot-and-mouth disease (wild game) killed, outside the areas listed in Annexes I and II; or

(iii)

it complies with the conditions set out in points (c), (d) and (e);

(c)

the meat was obtained from domestic ungulates or from farmed game of species susceptible to foot-and-mouth disease (farmed game), as specified for the respective category of meat in one of the appropriate columns 4 to 7 in Annex III, and complies with the following conditions:

(i)

the animals have been reared for at least 90 days prior to the date of slaughter, or since birth if less than 90 days of age, on holdings situated within the areas specified in columns 1, 2 and 3 of Annex III, where there has been no outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease during at least 90 days prior to the date of slaughter;

(ii)

during the 21 days prior to the date of transport to the slaughterhouse, or in the case of farmed game prior to the date of on-farm slaughtering, the animals have remained under the supervision of the competent veterinary authorities on a single holding which is situated in the centre of a circle around the holding of at least 10 km radius, where there has been no outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease during at least 30 days prior to the date of loading;

(iii)

no animals of species susceptible to foot-and-mouth disease have been introduced into the holding referred to in point (ii) during the 21 days prior to the date of loading, or in the case of farmed game prior to the date of on-farm slaughtering, except in the case of pigs coming from a supplying holding which complies with the conditions laid down in point (ii), in which case the period of 21 days may be reduced to 7 days;

However, the competent authority may authorise the introduction into the holding referred to in point (ii) of animals of species susceptible to foot-and-mouth disease which comply with the conditions set out in points (i) and (ii) and which:

come from a holding where no animals of species susceptible to foot-and-mouth disease have been introduced during the 21 days prior to the date of transport to the holding referred to in point (ii), except in the case of pigs coming from a supplying holding in which case the period of 21 days may be reduced to 7 days; or

were subjected with negative results to a test for antibodies against the foot-and-mouth disease virus carried out on a blood sample taken within 10 days prior to the date of transport to the holding referred to in point (ii); or

come from a holding that was subjected with negative results to a serological survey pursuant to a sampling protocol suitable to detect 5 % prevalence of foot-and-mouth disease with at least a 95 % level of confidence;

(iv)

the animals or, in the case of farmed game slaughtered on the farm, the carcasses have been transported under official control in means of transport that have been cleansed and disinfected before loading from the holding referred to in point (ii) to the designated slaughterhouse;

(v)

the animals have been slaughtered less than 24 hours following the time of arrival at the slaughterhouse and separately from animals the meat of which is not eligible for dispatch from the area listed in Annex I;

(d)

the meat, if positively marked in column 8 of Annex III, was obtained from wild game, that was killed in areas where there has been no outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease for at least a period of 90 days before the date of killing and at a distance of at least 20 km from areas not specified in columns 1, 2 and 3 of Annex III;

(e)

Meat referred to in points (c) and (d) must in addition comply with the following conditions:

(i)

the dispatch of such meat is only to be authorised by the competent veterinary authority of Cyprus, if:

the animals referred to in point (c)(iv) have been transported to the establishment without contact to holdings situated in areas not specified in columns 1, 2 and 3 of Annex III; and

the establishment is not situated in a protection zone;

(ii)

the meat is at all times clearly identified, handled, stored and transported separately from meat which is not eligible for dispatch from the area listed in Annex I;

(iii)

during post-mortem inspection by the official veterinarian in the establishment of dispatch, or in the case of on-farm slaughtering of farmed game on the holding referred to in point (c)(ii), or in the case of wild game at the game-handling establishment, no clinical signs or post-mortem evidence of foot-and-mouth disease were established;

(iv)

the meat has remained in the establishments or holdings referred to in point (e)(iii) for at least 24 hours following the post-mortem inspection of the animals referred to in points (c) and (d);

(v)

any further preparation of meat for dispatch outside the area listed in Annex I shall be suspended:

in the case where foot-and-mouth disease has been diagnosed in the establishments or holdings referred to in point (e)(iii), until the slaughter of all animals present and the removal of all meat and dead animals has been completed, and at least 24 hours have elapsed since the completion of the total cleansing and disinfection of those establishments and holdings under the control of an official veterinarian; and

in the case of slaughter in the same establishment of animals susceptible to foot-and-mouth disease coming from holdings situated in areas listed in Annex I that do not comply with the conditions set out in point 4(c) or (d), until the slaughter of all such animals and the cleansing and disinfection of those establishments have been completed under the control of an official veterinarian;

(vi)

the central veterinary authorities shall communicate to the other Member States and the Commission a list of those establishments and holdings which they have approved for the purposes of application of points (c), (d) and (e).

5.   Compliance with the conditions set out in paragraphs 3 and 4 shall be checked by the competent veterinary authority under the supervision of the central veterinary authorities.

6.   The prohibition set out in paragraph 2 of this Article shall not apply to fresh meat obtained from animals reared outside the areas listed in Annex I and Annex II and transported, by way of derogation from Article 1(2) and (3), directly and under official control without contact to holdings situated in areas listed in Annex I to a slaughterhouse situated in the areas listed in Annex I outside the protection zone for immediate slaughter, provided that such fresh meat is only placed on the market in the areas listed in Annex I and Annex II and complies with the following conditions:

(a)

all such fresh meat is marked in accordance with the second subparagraph of Article 4(1) of Directive 2002/99/EC or in accordance with Annex IV to this Decision;

(b)

the slaughterhouse

(i)

is operated under strict veterinary control;

(ii)

suspends any further preparation of meat for dispatch outside the areas listed in Annex I in the case of slaughter in the same slaughterhouse of animals susceptible to foot-and-mouth disease coming from holdings situated in areas listed in Annex I until the slaughter of all such animals and the cleansing and disinfection of the slaughterhouse have been completed under the control of an official veterinarian;

(c)

the fresh meat is clearly identified, and transported and stored separately from meat which is eligible for dispatch outside Cyprus.

Compliance with the conditions set out in the first subparagraph shall be checked by the competent veterinary authority under the supervision of the central veterinary authorities.

The central veterinary authorities shall communicate to the Commission and to the other Member States a list of the establishments which they have approved for the purposes of application of this paragraph.

7.   The prohibition set out in paragraph 2 shall not apply to fresh meat obtained from cutting plants situated in the areas listed in Annex I under the following conditions:

(a)

only fresh meat as described in paragraph 4(b) is processed in that cutting plant, on the same day. Cleaning and disinfection shall be carried out after processing of any meat not meeting this requirement;

(b)

all meat bears the health mark in accordance with Chapter III of Section I of Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 854/2004;

(c)

the cutting plant is operated under strict veterinary control;

(d)

the fresh meat is clearly identified, and transported and stored separately from meat which is not eligible for dispatch outside the areas listed in Annex I.

Compliance with the conditions set out in the first subparagraph shall be checked by the competent veterinary authority under the supervision of the central veterinary authorities.

The central veterinary authorities shall communicate to the other Member States and the Commission a list of the establishments which they have approved for the purpose of application of this paragraph.

8.   Meat dispatched from Cyprus to other Member States shall be accompanied by an official certificate, which shall bear the following words:

‘Meat conforming to Commission Decision 2007/718/EC of 6 November 2007 concerning certain protection measures against foot-and-mouth disease in Cyprus’.

Article 3

Meat products

1.   Cyprus shall not dispatch meat products, including treated stomachs, bladders and intestines, of animals of the bovine, ovine, caprine and porcine species and other biungulates (meat products) coming from the areas listed in Annex I or prepared using meat obtained from animals originating in those areas.

2.   The prohibition set out in paragraph 1 shall not apply to meat products, including treated stomachs, bladders and intestines, bearing the health mark in accordance with Chapter III of Section I of Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 854/2004, provided that the meat products:

(a)

are clearly identified and have been transported and stored since the date of production separately from meat products not eligible, in accordance with this Decision, for dispatch outside the areas listed in Annex I;

(b)

comply with one of the following conditions:

(i)

they are made from meats described in Article 2(4)(b), or

(ii)

they have undergone at least one of the relevant treatments laid down for foot-and-mouth disease in Part 1 of Annex III to Directive 2002/99/EC.

Compliance with the conditions set out in the first subparagraph shall be checked by the competent veterinary authority under the supervision of the central veterinary authorities.

The central veterinary authorities shall communicate to the other Member States and the Commission a list of the establishments which they have approved for the purpose of application of this paragraph.

3.   Meat products dispatched from Cyprus to other Member States shall be accompanied by an official certificate, which shall bear the following words:

‘Meat products, including treated stomachs, bladders and intestines, conforming to Commission Decision 2007/718/EC of 6 November 2007 concerning certain protection measures against foot-and-mouth disease in Cyprus’.

4.   By way of derogation from paragraph 3 it shall be sufficient, in the case of meat products which comply with the requirements of paragraph 2 and have been processed in an establishment operating Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) and an auditable standard operating procedure which ensures that standards for treatment are met and recorded, that compliance with the conditions required for the treatment laid down in point (b)(ii) of the first subparagraph of paragraph 2 is stated in the commercial document accompanying the consignment, endorsed in accordance with Article 9(1).

5.   By way of derogation from paragraph 3 it shall be sufficient, in the case of meat products heat treated in accordance with point (b)(ii) of the first subparagraph of paragraph 2 in hermetically sealed containers so as to ensure that they are shelf stable, to be accompanied by a commercial document stating the heat treatment applied.

Article 4

Milk

1.   Cyprus shall not dispatch milk intended or not intended for human consumption from the areas listed in Annex I.

2.   The prohibition set out in paragraph 1 shall not apply to milk produced from animals kept in areas listed in Annex I which has been subjected to a treatment in accordance with:

(a)

Part A of Annex IX to Directive 2003/85/EC, if the milk is intended for human consumption; or

(b)

Part B of Annex IX to Directive 2003/85/EC, if the milk is not intended for human consumption or is intended for feeding to animals of species susceptible to foot-and-mouth disease.

3.   The prohibition set out in paragraph 1 shall not apply to milk prepared in establishments situated in the areas listed in Annex I under the following conditions:

(a)

all milk used in the establishment must either conform to the conditions set out in paragraph 2 or be obtained from animals reared and milked outside the areas listed in Annex I;

(b)

the establishment is operated under strict veterinary control;

(c)

the milk must be clearly identified, and transported and stored separately from milk and dairy products which are not eligible for dispatch outside the areas listed in Annex I;

(d)

transport of raw milk from holdings situated outside the areas listed in Annex I to the establishments situated in the areas listed in Annex I is carried out in vehicles which were cleaned and disinfected prior to operation and had no subsequent contact with holdings in the areas listed in Annex I keeping animals of species susceptible to foot-and-mouth disease.

Compliance with the conditions set out in the first subparagraph shall be checked by the competent veterinary authority under the supervision of the central veterinary authorities.

The central veterinary authorities shall communicate to the other Member States and the Commission a list of the establishments which they have approved for the purpose of application of this paragraph.

4.   Milk dispatched from Cyprus to other Member States shall be accompanied by an official certificate, which shall bear the following words:

‘Milk conforming to Commission Decision 2007/718/EC of 6 November 2007 concerning certain protection measures against foot-and-mouth disease in Cyprus’.

5.   By way of derogation from paragraph 4 it shall be sufficient, in the case of milk which complies with the requirements of paragraph 2 and has been processed in an establishment operating HACCP and an auditable standard operating procedure which ensures that standards for treatment are met and recorded, that compliance with those requirements is stated in the commercial document accompanying the consignment, endorsed in accordance with Article 9(1).

6.   By way of derogation from paragraph 4 it shall be sufficient, in the case of milk which complies with the requirements in paragraph 2(a) or (b) and which has been heat treated in hermetically sealed containers so as to ensure that it is shelf stable, to be accompanied by a commercial document stating the heat treatment applied.

Article 5

Dairy products

1.   Cyprus shall not dispatch dairy products intended or not intended for human consumption from the areas listed in Annex I.

2.   The prohibition set out in paragraph 1 shall not apply to dairy products:

(a)

produced before 15 September 2007; or

(b)

prepared from milk complying with the provisions in Article 4(2) or (3); or

(c)

for export to a third country where import conditions permit such products to be subject to treatment other than those laid down in Article 4(2) which ensures the inactivation of the foot-and-mouth disease virus.

3.   Without prejudice to Chapter II of Section IX of Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 853/2004, the prohibition set out in paragraph 1 of this Article shall not apply to the following dairy products intended for human consumption:

(a)

dairy products produced from milk of a controlled pH less than 7,0 and subject to a heat treatment at a temperature of at least 72 °C for at least 15 seconds, on the understanding that such treatment was not necessary for finished products, the ingredients of which comply with the respective animal health conditions laid down in Articles 2, 3 and 4 of this Decision;

(b)

dairy products produced from raw milk of bovine, ovine or caprine animals which have been resident for at least 30 days on a holding situated, within an area listed in Annex I, in the centre of a circle of at least 10 km radius in which no outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease has occurred during 30 days prior to the date of production of the raw milk, and subject to a maturation or ripening process of at least 90 days during which the pH is lowered below 6,0 throughout the substance, and the rind of which has been treated with 0,2 % citric acid immediately prior to wrapping or packaging.

4.   The prohibition set out in paragraph 1 shall not apply to dairy products prepared in establishments situated in the areas listed in Annex I under the following conditions:

(a)

all milk used in the establishment either complies with the conditions laid down in Article 4(2) or is obtained from animals outside the areas listed in Annex I;

(b)

all dairy products used in the final products either comply with the conditions set out in paragraph 2(a) and (b) or paragraph 3 or are made from milk obtained from animals outside the areas listed in Annex I;

(c)

the establishment is operated under strict veterinary control;

(d)

the dairy products are clearly identified and transported and stored separately from milk and dairy products which are not eligible for dispatch outside the areas listed in Annex I.

Compliance with the conditions set out in the first subparagraph shall be checked by the competent authority under the responsibility of the central veterinary authorities.

The central veterinary authorities shall communicate to the other Member States and the Commission a list of the establishments which they have approved for the purposes of application of this paragraph.

5.   The prohibition set out in paragraph 1 shall not apply to dairy products prepared in establishment situated outside the areas listed in Annex I using milk obtained before 15 September 2007, provided that the dairy products are clearly identified and transported and stored separately from dairy products which are not eligible for dispatch outside those areas.

6.   Dairy products dispatched from Cyprus to other Member States shall be accompanied by an official certificate, which shall bear the following words:

‘Dairy products conforming to Commission Decision 2007/718/EC of 6 November 2007 concerning certain protection measures against foot-and-mouth disease in Cyprus.’

7.   By way of derogation from paragraph 6 it shall be sufficient, in the case of dairy products which comply with the requirements of paragraph 2(a) and (b) and paragraphs 3 and 4 and have been processed in an establishment operating HACCP and an auditable standard operating procedure which ensures that standards for treatment are met and recorded, that compliance with those requirements is stated in the commercial document accompanying the consignment, endorsed in accordance with Article 9(1).

8.   By way of derogation from paragraph 6 it shall be sufficient, in the case of dairy products which comply with the requirements of paragraph 2(a) and (b) and paragraphs 3 and 4 and which have been heat treated in hermetically sealed containers so as to ensure that they are shelf stable, to be accompanied by a commercial document stating the heat treatment applied.

Article 6

Semen, ova and embryos

1.   Cyprus shall not dispatch semen, ova and embryos of the bovine, ovine, caprine and porcine species and other biungulates (semen, ova and embryos) from the areas listed in Annex I and Annex II.

2.   The prohibitions set out in paragraph 1 shall not apply to:

(a)

semen, ova and embryos produced before 15 September 2007;

(b)

frozen bovine semen and embryos, frozen porcine semen, and frozen ovine and caprine semen and embryos imported into Cyprus in accordance with the conditions laid down in Directives 88/407/EEC, 89/556/EEC, 90/429/EEC or 92/65/EEC respectively, and which since their introduction into Cyprus have been stored and transported separately from semen, ova and embryos not eligible for dispatch in accordance with paragraph 1;

(c)

frozen semen and embryos obtained from bovine, porcine, ovine and caprine animals kept for at least 90 days prior to the date of and during collection outside the areas listed in Annex I and Annex II and which:

(i)

have been be stored in approved conditions for a minimum period of 30 days prior to the date of dispatch; and

(ii)

have been collected from donor animals standing in centres or on holdings which have been free from foot-and-mouth disease for at least three months prior to the date of collection of the semen or embryos and 30 days after the date of collection and which are situated in the centre of an area of 10 km radius in which there has been no case of foot-and-mouth disease for at least 30 days prior to the date of collection.

Before the dispatch of the semen or embryos referred to in points (a), (b) and (c) the central veterinary authorities shall communicate to the other Member States and the Commission a list of centres and teams approved for the purpose of application of this paragraph.

3.   The health certificate provided for in Directive 88/407/EEC and accompanying frozen bovine semen dispatched from Cyprus to other Member States shall bear the following words:

‘Frozen bovine semen conforming to Commission Decision 2007/718/EC of 6 November 2007 concerning certain protection measures against foot-and-mouth disease in Cyprus’.

4.   The health certificate provided for in Directive 90/429/EEC and accompanying frozen porcine semen dispatched from Cyprus to other Member States shall bear the following words:

‘Frozen porcine semen conforming to Commission Decision 2007/718/EC of 6 November 2007 concerning certain protection measures against foot-and-mouth disease in Cyprus’.

5.   The health certificate provided for in Directive 89/556/EEC and accompanying bovine embryos dispatched from Cyprus to other Member States shall bear the following words:

‘Bovine embryos conforming to Commission Decision 2007/718/EC of 6 November 2007 concerning certain protection measures against foot-and-mouth disease in Cyprus’.

6.   The health certificate provided for in Directive 92/65/EEC and accompanying frozen ovine or caprine semen dispatched from Cyprus to other Member States shall bear the following words:

‘Frozen ovine/caprine semen conforming to Commission Decision 2007/718/EC of 6 November 2007 concerning certain protection measures against foot-and-mouth disease in Cyprus’.

7.   The health certificate provided for in Directive 92/65/EEC and accompanying frozen ovine or caprine embryos dispatched from Cyprus to other Member States shall bear the following words:

‘Frozen ovine/caprine embryos conforming to Commission Decision 2007/718/EC of 6 November 2007 concerning certain protection measures against foot-and-mouth disease in Cyprus’.

Article 7

Hides and skins

1.   Cyprus shall not dispatch hides and skins of bovine, ovine, caprine and porcine species and other biungulates (hides and skins) from the areas listed in Annex I.

2.   The prohibition set out in paragraph 1 shall not apply to hides and skins which:

(a)

were produced in Cyprus before 15 September 2007; or

(b)

comply with the requirements provided for in point (2)(c) or (d) of Part A of Chapter VI of Annex VIII to Regulation (EC) No 1774/2002; or

(c)

were produced outside the areas listed in Annex I in accordance with the conditions laid down in Regulation (EC) No 1774/2002, and have since introduction into Cyprus been stored and transported separately from hides and skins not eligible for dispatch in accordance with paragraph 1.

Treated hides and skins shall be separated from untreated hides and skins.

3.   Cyprus shall ensure that hides and skins to be dispatched to other Member States shall be accompanied by an official certificate which bears the following words:

‘Hides and skins conforming to Commission Decision 2007/718/EC of 6 November 2007 concerning certain protection measures against foot-and-mouth disease in Cyprus’.

4.   By way of derogation from paragraph 3 it shall be sufficient, in the case of hides and skins which comply with the requirements of points (1)(b) to (e) of Part A of Chapter VI of Annex VIII to Regulation (EC) No 1774/2002, to be accompanied by a commercial document stating compliance with those requirements.

5.   By way of derogation from paragraph 3 it shall be sufficient, in the case of hides and skins which comply with the requirements of point (2)(c) or (d) Part A of Chapter VI of Annex VIII to Regulation (EC) No 1774/2002, that compliance with those requirements is stated in the commercial document accompanying the consignment, endorsed in accordance with Article 9(1).

Article 8

Other animal products

1.   Cyprus shall not dispatch animal products of the bovine, ovine, caprine and porcine species and other biungulates not mentioned in Articles 2 to 7 produced after the 15 September 2007 coming from the areas listed in Annex I, or obtained from animals originating in the areas listed in Annex I.

Cyprus shall not dispatch dung and manure of the bovine, ovine, caprine and porcine species and other biungulates from the areas listed in Annex I.

2.   The prohibition set out in the first subparagraph of paragraph 1 shall not apply to:

(a)

animal products which:

(i)

have been subjected to a heat treatment:

in a hermetically sealed container with a Fo value of 3,00 or more; or

in which the centre temperature is raised to at least 70 °C; or

(ii)

were produced outside the areas listed in Annex I in accordance with the conditions laid down in Regulation (EC) No 1774/2002, and which since introduction into Cyprus have been stored and transported separately from animal products not eligible for dispatch in accordance with paragraph 1;

(b)

blood and blood products as defined in points 4 and 5 of Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 1774/2002 which have been subjected to at least one of the treatments provided for in point 3(a)(ii) of Part A of Chapter IV of Annex VIII to Regulation (EC) No 1774/2002, followed by an effectiveness check, or have been imported in accordance with Part A of Chapter IV of Annex VIII to Regulation (EC) No 1774/2002;

(c)

lard and rendered fats which have been subject to the heat treatment prescribed in point 2(d)(iv) of Part B of Chapter IV of Annex VII to Regulation (EC) No 1774/2002;

(d)

animal casings complying with the conditions in Part A of Chapter 2 of Annex I to Directive 92/118/EEC and which have been cleaned, scraped and then either salted, bleached or dried, followed by steps to prevent the recontamination of the casings;

(e)

sheep wool, ruminant hair and pigs bristles which have undergone factory washing or have been obtained from tanning and unprocessed sheep wool, ruminant hair and pigs bristles which are securely enclosed in packaging and dry;

(f)

petfood conforming to the requirements of points 2, 3 and 4 of Part B of Chapter II of Annex VIII to Regulation (EC) No 1774/2002;

(g)

composite products which are not subject to further treatment containing products of animal origin, on the understanding that the treatment was not necessary for finished products, the ingredients of which comply with the respective animal health conditions laid down in this Decision;

(h)

game trophies in accordance with points 1, 3 or 4 of Part A of Chapter VII of Annex VIII to Regulation (EC) No 1774/2002;

(i)

packed animal products intended for use as invitro diagnostic, laboratory reagents;

(j)

medicinal products as defined in Directive 2001/83/EC, medical devices manufactured utilising animal tissue which is rendered non-viable as referred to in Article 1(5)(g) of Directive 93/42/EEC, veterinary medicinal products as defined in Directive 2001/82/EC, and investigational medicinal products as defined in Directive 2001/20/EC.

3.   Cyprus shall ensure that the animal products referred to in paragraph 2 to be dispatched to other Member States shall be accompanied by an official certificate which bears the following words:

‘Animal products conforming to Commission Decision 2007/718/EC of 6 November 2007 concerning certain protection measures against foot-and-mouth disease in Cyprus’.

4.   By way of derogation from paragraph 3, it shall be sufficient, in the case of the products referred to in paragraph 2(a) to (d) and (f) of this Article that compliance with the conditions for the treatment stated in the commercial document required in accordance with the respective Community legislation is endorsed in accordance with Article 9(1).

5.   By way of derogation from paragraph 3 it shall be sufficient, in the case of products referred to in paragraph 2(e) to be accompanied by a commercial document stating either the factory washing or origin from tanning or compliance with the conditions laid down in points 1 and 4 of Part A of Chapter VIII of Annex VIII to Regulation (EC) No 1774/2002.

6.   By way of derogation from paragraph 3 it shall be sufficient, in the case of products referred to in paragraph 2(g) which have been produced in an establishment operating HACCP and an auditable standard operating procedure which ensures that preprocessed ingredients comply with the respective animal health conditions laid down in this Decision, that this is stated on the commercial document accompanying the consignment, endorsed in accordance with Article 9(1).

7.   By way of derogation from paragraph 3, it shall be sufficient, in the case of products referred to in paragraph 2(i) and (j), to be accompanied by a commercial document stating that the products are for use as invitro diagnostic, laboratory reagents, medical products or medical devices, provided that the products are clearly labelled ‘for invitro diagnostic use only’ or ‘for laboratory use only’, as ‘medicinal products’ or as ‘medical devices’.

8.   Derogating from the provisions in paragraph 3, it shall be sufficient, in the case of composite products that fulfil the conditions set out in Article 6(1) of Commission Decision 2007/275/EC that they are accompanied by a commercial document, which bears the following words:

‘These composite products are shelf stable at ambient temperature or have clearly undergone in their manufacture a complete cooking or heat treatment process throughout their substance, so that any raw material is denatured’.

Article 9

Certification

1.   Where reference is made to this paragraph, the competent authorities of Cyprus shall ensure that the commercial document required by Community legislation for intra-Community trade is endorsed by the attachment of a copy of an official certificate stating that:

(a)

the products concerned have been produced:

(i)

in a production process that has been audited and found in compliance with the appropriate requirements in Community animal health legislation and suitable to destroy the foot-and-mouth disease virus; or

(ii)

from preprocessed materials which had been certified accordingly; and

(b)

provisions are in place to avoid possible re-contamination with the foot-and-mouth disease virus after treatment.

Such certification of the production process shall bear a reference to this Decision, shall be valid for 30 days, shall state the expiry date and shall be renewable after inspection of the establishment.

2.   In case of products for retail sale to the final consumer, the competent authorities of Cyprus may authorise consolidated consignments of animal products other than fresh meat, minced meat, mechanically separated meat and meat preparations, each of which is eligible for dispatch in accordance with this Decision, to be accompanied by a commercial document endorsed by the attachment of a copy of an official veterinary certificate confirming that:

(a)

the premises of dispatch have in place a system to ensure that goods can only be dispatched if they are traceable to documentary evidence of compliance with this Decision; and

(b)

the system referred to in (a) has been audited and found satisfactory.

Such certification of the traceability system shall bear a reference to this Decision, shall be valid for 30 days, shall state the expiry date and shall be renewable only after the establishment had been audited with satisfactory results.

The competent authorities of Cyprus shall communicate to the other Member States and the Commission the list of establishments which they have approved for the purpose of application of this paragraph.

Article 10

Cleansing and disinfection

1.   Cyprus shall ensure that vehicles which have been used for the transport of live animals in the areas listed in Annex I and Annex II are cleansed and disinfected after each operation, and that such cleansing and disinfection is recorded in accordance with Article 12(2)(d) of Directive 64/432/EEC.

2.   Cyprus shall ensure that operators of ports of exit in Cyprus ensure that the tyres of road vehicles departing from Cyprus are exposed to disinfectant.

Article 11

Certain exempted products

The restrictions laid down in Articles 3, 4, 5 and 8 shall not apply to the dispatch from the areas listed in Annex I of the animal products referred to in those Articles if such products were:

(a)

not produced in Cyprus and remained in their original packaging indicating the country of origin of the products; or

(b)

produced in an approved establishment situated in the areas listed in Annex I from preprocessed products not originating from those areas, which:

(i)

have, since introduction into the territory of Cyprus, been transported, stored and processed separately from products which are not eligible for dispatch outside the areas listed in Annex I;

(ii)

are accompanied by a commercial document or official certificate as required by this Decision.

Article 12

Standstill

1.   Without prejudice to the measures to be taken by Cyprus in accordance with Article 7(3) of Directive 2003/85/EC, Cyprus shall implement a temporary ban on the movement of livestock of the bovine, porcine, ovine and caprine species and equidae until 12 November 2007.

2.   By way of derogation from the movement ban referred to in paragraph 1, the competent authorities may authorise the movement of:

(a)

bovine, porcine, ovine and caprine animals, provided:

(i)

all susceptible animals on the holding of origin had undergone with satisfactory results a clinical inspection; and

(ii)

the animals are transported directly to a slaughterhouse for immediate slaughter;

(b)

equidae, provided they are transported in accordance with paragraph 2 of Annex VI to Directive 2003/85/EC.

Article 13

Measures to be taken by Member States other than Cyprus

1.   Member States other than Cyprus shall ensure that live animals of susceptible species are not dispatched to the areas listed in Annex I.

2.   Without prejudice to the provisions of Article 6 of Council Decision 90/424/EEC and the measures already taken by Member States, Member States other than Cyprus shall take appropriate precautionary measures in relation to susceptible animals dispatched from Cyprus after the date of 15 September 2007, including isolation and clinical inspection, where necessary combined with laboratory testing to detect or rule out infection with the foot-and-mouth disease virus, and where necessary those of Article 4 of Directive 2003/85/EC.

Article 14

Cooperation between Member States

Member States shall co-operate in monitoring personal luggage of passengers travelling from the areas listed in Annex I and in information campaigns carried out to prevent introduction of products of animal origin into the territory of Member States other than Cyprus.

Article 15

Implementation

Member States shall amend the measures which they apply to trade so as to bring them into compliance with this Decision. They shall immediately inform the Commission thereof.

Article 16

This Decision shall apply until 15 December 2007.

Article 17

Addressees

This Decision is addressed to the Member States.

Done at Brussels, 6 November 2007.

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 306, 22.11.2003, p. 1. Directive as last amended by Directive 2006/104/EC (OJ L 363, 20.12.2006, p. 352).

(4)  OJ 121, 29.7.1964, p. 1977/64. Directive as last amended by Directive 2006/104/EC.

(5)  OJ L 46, 19.2.1991, p. 19. Directive as last amended by Directive 2006/104/EC.

(6)  OJ L 268, 14.9.1992, p. 54. Directive as last amended by Commission Decision 2007/265/EC (OJ L 114, 1.5.2007, p. 17).

(7)  OJ L 139, 30.4.2004, p. 55; corrected version OJ L 226, 25.6.2004, p. 22. Regulation as last amended by Council Regulation (EC) No 1791/2006 (OJ L 363, 20.12.2006, p. 1).

(8)  OJ L 139, 30.4.2004, p. 206, corrected version OJ L 226, 25.6.2004, p. 83. Regulation as last amended by Council Regulation (EC) No 1791/2006.

(9)  OJ L 18, 23.1.2003, p. 11.

(10)  OJ L 104, 13.4.2001, p. 6. Decision as last amended by Decision 2002/49/EC (OJ L 21, 24.1.2002, p. 30).

(11)  OJ L 62, 15.3.1993, p. 49. Directive as last amended by Commission Regulation (EC) No 445/2004 (OJ L 72, 11.3.2004, p. 60).

(12)  OJ L 273, 10.10.2002, p. 1. Regulation as last amended by Commission Regulaton (EC) No 829/2007 (OJ L 191, 21.7.2007, p. 1).

(13)  OJ L 194, 22.7.1988, p. 10, Directive as last amended by Commission Decision 2006/16/EC (OJ L 11, 17.1.2006, p. 21).

(14)  OJ L 302, 19.10.1989, p. 1. Directive as last amended by Commission Decision 2006/60/EC (OJ L 31, 3.2.2006, p. 24).

(15)  OJ L 224, 18.8.1990, p. 62. Directive as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 806/2003 (OJ L 122, 16.5.2003, p. 1).

(16)  OJ L 224, 18.8.1990, p. 19.

(17)  OJ L 311, 28.11.2001, p. 1. Directive as last amended by Directive 2004/28/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 136, 30.4.2004, p. 58).

(18)  OJ L 311, 28.11.2001, p. 67. Directive as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 1901/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 378, 27.12.2006, p. 1).

(19)  OJ L 121, 1.5.2001, p. 34. Directive as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 1901/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council.

(20)  OJ L 116, 4.5.2007, p. 9.


ANNEX I

The following areas in Cyprus:

Cyprus


ANNEX II

The following areas in Cyprus:

Cyprus


ANNEX III

The following areas in Cyprus:

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

GROUP

ADNS

Administrative Unit

B

S/G

P

FG

WG

 

ADNS

=

Animal Disease Notification System Code (Decision 2005/176/EC)

B

=

bovine meat

S/G

=

sheep and goat meat

P

=

pig meat

FG

=

farmed game of species susceptible to foot-and-mouth disease

WG

=

wild game of species susceptible to foot-and-mouth disease


ANNEX IV

The health mark referred to in Article 2(3):

Dimensions:

 

CY = 7 mm

 

Establishment No = 10 mm

 

Circle outer diameter = 50 mm

 

Line thickness of Circle = 3 mm

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