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


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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