The European Commission's Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (section Animal Health and Welfare) yesterday discussed the situation with regard to classical swine fever (CSF) in Luxembourg, Spain and Germany.

In Luxembourg, no new outbreaks have been reported after the three mid February and all further tests are negative. The Committee agreed therefore not to extend the protective measures adopted on 22 February. These measures (ban on the export of live pigs and porcine semen, ova and embryos from Luxembourg and prohibition of transit of live pigs through Luxembourg) will expire on 15 March.

For Spain, the existing measures (ban on the export of live pigs and porcine semen, ova and embryos from the provinces of Barcelona and Gerona in the autonomous region of Cataluña), applicable until 31 March, will be extended until 30 April.

Furthermore, the conditions under which pigs from holdings located in the protection and surveillance zones can be brought to the slaughterhouse and meat from these animals can be commercialised have been changed. For Germany, equivalent measures for the meat of animals coming from protection and surveillance zones have been agreed.