2004/666/EC: Commission Decision 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 (no


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30.9.2004   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 303/35


COMMISSION DECISION

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

(notified under document number C(2004) 3581)

(Text with EEA relevance)

(2004/666/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 animal health rules governing the production, processing, distribution and introduction of products of animal origin for human consumption (4), and in particular Article 13(3) thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

In October 2002, Italy reported to the Commission that infections with low pathogenic avian influenza virus of subtype H7N3 had occurred in the regions of Veneto and Lombardia and that the disease was spreading quickly.

(2)

Italy took immediate action including stamping out of infected poultry flocks to control the propagation of the infection. As a supplementary measure the Italian authorities also requested approval for a vaccination programme against avian influenza for at least 18 months in order to avoid the further spread of infection.

(3)

The vaccination programme was approved by Commission Decision 2002/975/EC, of 12 December 2002 introducing vaccination to supplement the measures to control infections with low pathogenic avian influenza in Italy and on specific movement control measures (5), which lays down the rules concerning vaccination against avian influenza in a defined geographical area. The Decision also includes specific control measures such as movement restrictions on live poultry, hatching and table eggs for intra-Community trade.

(4)

The results of the vaccination programme reported at several meetings of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health were generally favourable concerning the control of the disease within the vaccination area. However, the infection had spread to some areas adjacent to the established vaccination area. Accordingly, Decision 2002/975/EC, as amended by Decision 2003/436/EC (6) extended the vaccination area to cover those adjacent areas.

(5)

Since the end of September 2003, no further circulation of the avian influenza field virus subtype H7N3 has been detected during the intense monitoring carried out in the vaccination area. Consequently Italy requested to introduce some changes to the vaccination programme and the restrictions on intra-Community trade. Accordingly, Decision 2002/975/EC, as amended by Decision 2004/159/EC approved those changes and restrictions.

(6)

In February 2004, a low pathogenic avian influenza virus strain of subtype H5N3 was isolated in one duck flock in the region of Lombardia within the vaccination area. Although the epidemiological investigations have not revealed any spread of the infection, the risk of introduction of avian influenza subtype H5 has been demonstrated. At present neither the poultry vaccinated against H7 subtype within the framework of the existing vaccination campaign nor the non-vaccinated poultry population is protected against disease possibly caused by avian influenza subtype H5. Therefore Italy has requested to amend the current vaccination programme in order to authorise the vaccination of poultry within the established vaccination area with a bivalent vaccine which protects against avian influenza virus infection of both H7 and H5 subtypes and to carry out this kind of vaccination until at least 31 December 2005.

(7)

As Decision 2002/975/EC has already been amended twice, for reasons of clarity of Community legislation, it is appropriate to repeal that Decision 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

1.   The amended vaccination programme against avian influenza presented by Italy to the Commission is approved and shall be carried out in the vaccination area described in Annex I.

2.   Intensive monitoring and surveillance as set out in the vaccination programme referred to in paragraph 1 shall be carried out in the vaccination area described in Annex I and in the bordering area described in Annex II.

Article 2

The restrictions on movements of live poultry, hatching eggs and fresh poultry meat into, out of and within the area described in Annex I shall apply as laid down in the vaccination programme referred to in Article 1 and in the following articles.

Article 3

No live poultry and hatching eggs coming from and/or originating from poultry holdings from the area described in Annex I shall be dispatched from Italy.

Article 4

Animal health certificates accompanying consignments of live poultry and hatching eggs from Italy shall include the words: ‘The animal health conditions of this consignment are in accordance with Decision 2004/666/EC’.

Article 5

1.   Fresh meat of poultry shall be marked in accordance with Annex II of Council Directive 2002/99/EC and shall not be dispatched from Italy if it is derived from:

(a)

poultry vaccinated against avian influenza.

(b)

poultry from avian influenza sero-positive poultry flocks destined for slaughter under official control in accordance with the vaccination programme referred to in Article 1.

(c)

poultry originating from holdings located in a restriction zone established in accordance with the provisions laid down in the vaccination programme referred to in Article 1.

2.   By way of derogation from paragraph 1(a) fresh meat derived from turkeys and chickens vaccinated against avian influenza with a heterologous vaccine of subtype (H7N1) and (H5N9) shall not be marked in accordance with Annex II of Council Directive 2002/99/EC and may be dispatched to other Member States, provided that the meat comes from turkeys and chickens which:

(i)

originate from flocks which have been regularly inspected and tested with negative results for avian influenza as laid down in the approved vaccination programme, with particular attention to be paid to the sentinel birds.For the testing of:

vaccinated birds, the iIFA-test shall be used,

sentinel birds, either the Haemagglutination-Inhibition Test (HI), the AGID-test or the ELISA-test shall be used. However, the iIFA-test shall also be used if necessary;

(ii)

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

(iii)

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

(iv)

shall be sent directly to a slaughterhouse designated by the competent authority and shall be slaughtered immediately after arrival. The birds shall be kept separated from other flocks not complying with the present provisions.

3.   Fresh turkey and chicken meat fulfilling the requirements as set out in paragraph 2 shall be accompanied by the health certificate laid down in Annex VI to Council Directive 71/118/EEC (7), which shall include under point IV(a) of the certificate the following attestation of the official veterinarian:

‘The turkey meat/chicken meat (8) described above is in accordance with Decision 2004/666/EC.

Article 6

Italy shall ensure that in the vaccination area described 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 table eggs;

(b)

all means of transport used for transporting live poultry, hatching eggs, fresh poultry meat, table eggs 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 7

1.   Italy shall notify to the Commission and to other Member States the date of the commencement of the vaccination programme with the bivalent vaccine, at least one day in advance.

2.   The provisions of Articles 2 to 6 shall be enforced from the date of the commencement of the vaccination.

Article 8

1.   Italy shall, at six-month intervals, present a report to the Commission containing information on the effectiveness of the vaccination programme referred to in Article 1.

2.   This Decision, and in particular the period of time during which the movement restrictions provided for in Articles 2 to 6 shall continue to apply after the completion of the vaccination programme, shall be reviewed accordingly.

Article 9

Decision 2002/975/EC is repealed.

Article 10

This Decision shall apply from 1 October 2004.

Article 11

This Decision is addressed to the Member States.

Done at Brussels, 29 September 2004.

For the Commission

David BYRNE

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).

(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 Regulation (EC) No 806/2003 (OJ L 122, 16.5.2003, p. 1).

(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 149, 17.6.2003, p. 33.

(7)  OJ L 55, 8.3.1971, p. 23. Directive as last amended by Directive 2004/41/EC.

(8)  Delete as appropriate’.


ANNEX I

VACCINATION AREA

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

AREA BORDERING THE VACCINATION AREA WHERE INTENSIVE MONITORING 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

 


ANNEX III

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 ‘DIVA’ (Differentiating Infected from Vaccinated Animals) 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 to other Member States

Meat originating from turkey and chicken flocks vaccinated against avian influenza may be dispatched to other Member States 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.