Croatia no longer subject to restriction measures due to classical swine fever

Croatia has been taken off the list of EU member states subject to strict measures of restriction of the trade in live pigs and their products due to classical swine fever. The measures were enforced in the area of the Vukovar-Srijem, Karlovac, Sisak-Moslavina and Slavonski Brod-Posavina counties.

The Order on the expiry of the Order on the measures for the prevention of the outbreak and spreading of classical swine fever entered into force on 27 December, taking Croatia off the list of EU member states subject to strict measures of restriction of the trade in live pigs and their products due to classical swine fever. The measures were enforced in the area of the Vukovar-Srijem, Karlovac, Sisak-Moslavina and Slavonski Brod-Posavina counties. This has enabled the unrestricted trade in live pigs, pork and pork products in the Republic of Croatia and the EU. This is the result of years of implementing comprehensive veterinary measures of the inspection, control and eradication of the disease in the domesticated and feral pig population, which concluded the ten-year period following the last outbreak of classical swine fever in the Republic of Croatia.

“This is important evidence of the extraordinary organization and success of the veterinary profession in the Republic of Croatia, which guarantee that it is ready to tackle future challenges. Amongst the most dangerous of them is African swine fever (ASF). I would like to thank all stakeholders on their perseverance and cooperation in the implementation of comprehensive on-the-spot measures against classical swine fever, as well as on what I know will be a high-quality and agile implementation of preventive measures against African swine fever in the future. Only the implementation of all the prescribed measures, especially of biosafety measures by owners and veterinarians, can effectively prevent the introduction of the ASF virus into the territory of our country. Moreover, only the early detection of the disease can prevent its further spreading and mitigate the negative effects. Of equal importance for the retention of the status of Croatia as a country free from classical swine flu (CSF) is the further continuous surveillance of the disease. This includes passive surveillance by eliminating CSF in pig carcasses and diseased pigs (including in abortion cases) and active surveillance by sampling pigs in accordance with the Classsical Swine Fever Surveillance Program. The Order on the expiry of the Order on the measures for the prevention of the outbreak and spreading of classical swine fever is available via the following link: https://narodne-novine.nn.hr/clanci/sluzbeni/2019_12_127_2571.html.

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