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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repealing Decision 2004/666/EC (notified under document number C(2005) 5566) (Text with EEA relevance) (2005/926/EC) (repealed)

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Article 1Approval 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 2Restrictions 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 3Restrictions 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 4Derogation 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 5Derogation 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 6Derogation 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 7Animal 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 8Restrictions 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(1) and shall, in particular, not be oval. That mark shall contain the approval number of the establishment but not the letters C.E.

Article 9Derogation 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 10Health 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(2) described above is in accordance with Commission Decision 2005/926/EC.

Article 11Washing 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 12Reports

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 13Repeals

Decision 2004/666/EC is repealed.

Article 14Applicability

This Decision shall apply from the tenth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Article 15Addresses

This Decision is addressed to the Member States.

Done at Brussels, 21 December 2005.

For the Commission

Markos Kyprianou

Member of the Commission

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