OVS note 2011/22 – HPAI and FMD in South Africa
Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) and
Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in South Africa
Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza
OVS note 2011/20 advised of an outbreak of HPAI in South Africa.
The South African authorities had advised that they were in the process of re-calling all ostrich meat that had been produced and exported after 1 February.
We have since been informed that after careful investigation and consideration by the South African Competent Authorities, it is not necessary to re-call meat produced and exported since 1 February. This is because meat that was exported is derived from birds on farms which tested sero-negative before slaughter and thus presents a negligible risk to consumers.
Importers are further reminded that the South African authorities have suspended certification of commodities of susceptible species.
Imports of ostrich meat products which have been heat treated to Methods B, C or D in Part 4 of Commission Decision 2007/777/EC will continue be allowed to be exported to the EU.
Foot and mouth disease
Following an outbreak of FMD in South Africa, the South African authorities have suspended exports of meat to the EU.
Prior to the outbreak, only imports of certain game meat were permitted due to the fact that other EU animal and public health conditions could not be met eg residue plans not being in place.
Annex II of Regulation (EC) No 206/2010 has been amended by Regulation (EU) No 342/2011 in respect of imports of meat from South Africa. This means that game meat is now subject to restrictions and cannot be exported to the EU.
It is possible that some game meat from animals which were slaughtered before 11 February will still be sent to the EU from South Africa. Importers should bear in mind that in accordance with Footnote 2 of Annex II to Regulation (EU) No 206/2011 as amended, meat from animals slaughtered before 11 February, must be presented for checks at the Union Border Inspection Post no more than 90 days from that date. Imports therefore will not be permitted after 11 May 2011.
Action for OVSs
To be aware of the issues outlined above. If you have any concerns about consignments presented at the BIP, please contact the Specialist Service Centre for Imports.