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European Veterinary Week 2008 Launched

by 5m Editor
12 November 2008, at 9:31a.m.

IRELAND - The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Mr Brendan Smith TD, yesterday (November 12) welcomed the launch of European Veterinary Week 2008 which takes place from 10-16 November 2008 and which aims to increase awareness of the EU's animal health strategy for 2007-2013.

One of main themes of this inaugural programme 'DISEASES DON'T RESPECT BORDERS' will draw attention to the bio-security measures that currently operate at the EU's borders.

Minister Smith said: “Bio-security is about being aware of the ways animal disease can spread and in taking practical measures that minimise the risk of spreading these diseases like avoiding illegal import of food such as meats and milk products from non-EU countries. Travellers to the EU must be aware that they play a part in preventing the spread of animal diseases that can have serious economic consequences for this country as well as for the Community.”

Welcoming the special focus on this issue the Minister said: “It highlights the responsibility we all have along with farmers, veterinarians and food businesses to take actions which will ultimately help to ensure the food we eat is safe.”

The providers of travel services, airline companies, airports and embassies in Ireland and Irish embassies in third countries are being informed of European Veterinary Week 2008 and of the European Community's rules regarding personal import of animal products.

In addition, an information stand in the arrivals halls at Dublin and Shannon Airports will distribute information to the travelling public during European Veterinary Week. There is a general obligation under the Community and National Regulations requiring international transport operators to draw the attention of the passengers they carry into the Community to these rules.

5m Editor