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Commission Decision of 6 November 2007 concerning certain protection measures against foot-and-mouth disease in Cyprus (notified under document number C(2007) 5452) (Text with EEA relevance) (2007/718/EC)

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Article 4Milk

1.Cyprus shall not dispatch milk intended or not intended for human consumption from the areas listed in Annex I.

2.The prohibition set out in paragraph 1 shall not apply to milk produced from animals kept in areas listed in Annex I which has been subjected to a treatment in accordance with:

(a)

Part A of Annex IX to Directive 2003/85/EC, if the milk is intended for human consumption; or

(b)

Part B of Annex IX to Directive 2003/85/EC, if the milk is not intended for human consumption or is intended for feeding to animals of species susceptible to foot-and-mouth disease.

3.The prohibition set out in paragraph 1 shall not apply to milk prepared in establishments situated in the areas listed in Annex I under the following conditions:

(a)

all milk used in the establishment must either conform to the conditions set out in paragraph 2 or be obtained from animals reared and milked outside the areas listed in Annex I;

(b)

the establishment is operated under strict veterinary control;

(c)

the milk must be clearly identified, and transported and stored separately from milk and dairy products which are not eligible for dispatch outside the areas listed in Annex I;

(d)

transport of raw milk from holdings situated outside the areas listed in Annex I to the establishments situated in the areas listed in Annex I is carried out in vehicles which were cleaned and disinfected prior to operation and had no subsequent contact with holdings in the areas listed in Annex I keeping animals of species susceptible to foot-and-mouth disease.

Compliance with the conditions set out in the first subparagraph shall be checked by the competent veterinary authority under the supervision of the central veterinary authorities.

The central veterinary authorities shall communicate to the other Member States and the Commission a list of the establishments which they have approved for the purpose of application of this paragraph.

4.Milk dispatched from Cyprus to other Member States shall be accompanied by an official certificate, which shall bear the following words:

Milk conforming to Commission Decision 2007/718/EC of 6 November 2007 concerning certain protection measures against foot-and-mouth disease in Cyprus.

5.By way of derogation from paragraph 4 it shall be sufficient, in the case of milk which complies with the requirements of paragraph 2 and has been processed in an establishment operating HACCP and an auditable standard operating procedure which ensures that standards for treatment are met and recorded, that compliance with those requirements is stated in the commercial document accompanying the consignment, endorsed in accordance with Article 9(1).

6.By way of derogation from paragraph 4 it shall be sufficient, in the case of milk which complies with the requirements in paragraph 2(a) or (b) and which has been heat treated in hermetically sealed containers so as to ensure that it is shelf stable, to be accompanied by a commercial document stating the heat treatment applied.

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