28 March, 2012
The European Commission has suggested that any
plans to create trade restrictions or additional certification
requests for livestock as a result of the Schmallenberg virus (SBV)
It also believes they would be "scientifically unjustified",
despite SBV having infiltrated some seven countries so far.
In the UK and Europe alone, some 2,622 cases have already been
confirmed, according to farmersguardian.com. Germany has seen the
most cases arise in its livestock, with France, Belgium, the UK and
the Netherlands following closely behind. The virus is transferred
to livestock via infected midges and can cause severe harm to an
However the commission remains resolute that placing
restrictions on livestock trade would be unjust. In fact,
farmingnewsdaily.co.uk revealed: "The EU remains united and strong
on this issue and further steps are being undertaken by the Member
States to keep the situation under constant assessment."
The states are also keen to "fill the knowledge gaps" using
"targeted" scientific analysis of the disease. The EU will
co-finance this, the report confirmed; although it is not known who
would represent the other co-funder.
Part of the commission's argument is that data captured so far
shows no reason to deal with SBV any differently to how similar
viruses - such as the Akabane virus - were in the past.
Source: Vertical Leap