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Looking At Health Controls Of Aquaculture Animals

by the Fish Site Editor
18 February 2011, at 12:00am

UK - The UK has a satisfactory system forprevention, control and eradication of aquatic animal diseases in accordance with requirementson aquatic animal health laid down in Directive 2006/88/EC, concludes a report by the Food and Veterinary Office(FVO).

The report's objective was to assess the implementation of national measures, aimed at the control of animal health requirements for aquaculture animals and products thereof, and on the prevention and control of certain diseases in aquatic animals, in accordance with EU regulations.

The FVO concluded that:

  • The competent authority have adequate expertise in risk analysis and epidemiology as applied to diseases of aquatic animals and an excellent laboratory network to carry out their diagnostic tasks in accordance with EU and international standards;

  • APB have been authorised or registered as appropriate and the system of official controls adequately verifies their levels of compliance, according to the risks they pose of contracting or spreading disease;

  • Current levels of aquatic animal health surveillance and prevention, including import controls and preparedness to respond in the event of a disease outbreak, are sufficient to maintain the high health status of the aquatic animal populations in the UK.
The competent authority's comments on the draft report, as well as the full report, can be found here - http://ec.europa.eu/food/fvo/index_en.cfm?reptoshow=2

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