VION supports Article-10 Aujeszky's status
The Netherlands may apply for Article-10 Aujeszky's
status in the near future. Large meat producer Vion is supporting the
The company has gained commitment from the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture that
in the event of an outbreak of the disease,
it will take-on full responsibility with a plan of action.
"This signals a coordinated effort," said Marc van der Lee, director of
communications at Vion as stated in Dutch newspaper Agrarisch Dagblad.
At present, the Netherlands has Article-9 status. Should a crisis occur, the
Dutch meat sector will experience difficulties with its sales markets such as
the US. If the Netherlands has Article-10 status, it can choose between
eradication and herd vaccinations.
Chairman of the COV (Central Dutch organisation for the meat sector), Wim van
Pelt, believes that the Netherlands can gain Article-10 status by January 1,
Annechien ten Have of the LTO (Dutch Agricultural Industry Association for
entrepreneurs and employers) commented that gaining the status would translate
in increased exports of piglets to countries such as Germany, which has the
highest status currently. Exports to Germany can only take place after a
difficult blood examination.
â€¢ Agrarisch Dagblad (in Dutch)
â€¢ COV (in Dutch)
â€¢ LTO (in Dutch)
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