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EU Re-Considers SVD Policy

by 5m Editor
20 January 2010, at 2:10pm

EU - The Directorate-General for Health and Consumers is considering options for the future policy on swine vesicular disease (SVD).

In a working document, the Directorate-General for Health and Consumers states that current legislation on SVD control cannot be regarded as consistent, proportional and sustainable and it needs to be updated.

Recently developed tests now make it possible to distinguish between SVD and foot and mouth disease (FMD), whereas earlier lab tests had been slow, and FMD had to be assumed until the tests were carried out.

The objectives of the document are given as follows:

  • to discuss the proportionality and sustainability of EU's present control measures for SVD
  • to reflect if SVD legislation should be amended in the framework of the new Animal Health strategy, and
  • to coordinate with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) to ensure that international SVD standards are in line with the EU policy in order to avoid trade disputes.

The EU should, together with the OIE, reflect on the current chapter on SVD, according to the document.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.


Further Reading

- Find out more information on swine vesicular disease (SVD) by clicking here.