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Commission Consultation, 29 June 2017
The Commission has published a draft Regulation for consultation. The following are the introductory recitals in the document. The full draft Regulation is available on this site. The consultation closes on the 27th July 2017. For more details, see: https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/have-your-say_en
Regulation (EC) No 853/2004 lays down specific rules on the hygiene of food of animal origin for food business operators, with certain special guarantees for certain food of animal origin intended for the Finnish and Swedish markets. Accordingly, food business operators intending to place meat from specified animals on the market in those Member States must comply with certain rules in respect of Salmonella. Furthermore, consignments of such meat are to be accompanied by a certificate stating that a microbiological test has been carried out with negative results in accordance with Union legislation.
(2) In addition, Commission Regulation (EC) No 1688/20052 specifies those special guarantees, laying down rules on the sampling of such meat and microbiological methods for the examination of those samples. It also sets out a model health certificate to accompany consignments of the meat.
(3) On 5 October 2007, the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration forwarded an application to the Commission for special guarantees to be authorised for Denmark concerning Salmonella in meat derived from broilers (Gallus gallus) for the whole of Denmark in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 853/2004. The application includes a description of the Danish Salmonella Control Programme for meat derived from broilers (Gallus gallus).
(4) During its meeting on 18 June 2008, the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health agreed on a Commission staff working document entitled "Guidance document on the minimum requirements for Salmonella control programmes to be recognised equivalent to those approved for Sweden and Finland in respect of meat and eggs of Gallus gallus"3 (the "Guidance document").
(5) The Danish Salmonella Control Programme for meat derived from broilers (Gallus gallus) is considered equivalent to that approved for Finland and Sweden and is in line with the Guidance document. However, the prevalence of Salmonella in Danish flocks of breeders of Gallus gallus was higher than the upper limit proposed in the Guidance document, therefore it could not be considered equivalent to the situation in Finland and Sweden.
(6) On 6 February 2017, the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration forwarded data on the prevalence of Salmonella in flocks of rearing breeders, adult breeders, broilers and meat of Gallus gallus for the period 2011-2016. The prevalences for 2015-2016 are in accordance with the upper limits set in the Guidance document.
(7) The special guarantees should therefore be extended to consignments of meat derived from broilers (Gallus gallus) intended for Denmark. In addition, the rules laid down in Regulation (EC) No 1688/2005 concerning the sampling of such meat, the microbiological methods for the examination of those samples and the model health certificate should apply to such consignments.
(8) The measures provided for in this Regulation are in accordance with the opinion of the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed.