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The Saudi Arabia banned the import of cattle from Romania after a case of mad cow disease


The European Commission informed the Romanian authorities in connection to the fact that Saudi Arabia decided the temporary suspension of cattle import from Romania, after registering an atypical case of mad cow disease, mentioned on Monday the National Sanitary Veterinary Authority and Food Safety – ANSVSA at the request of Mediafax.

ANSVSA mentions they received an email from the General Department for Health and Consumers in the European Commission in which they were announced that the Ministry of Agricultre in Saudi Arabia notified the World Organisation of Trade regarding the temporary suspension of cattle import from Romania, starting with 13 July.In the notification of the Saudi authorities there is no mention of the period for which the suspension is valid.

ANSVSA will send to the ministry of agriculture from Saudi Arabia a complete report regarding the apparition of the first case of ESB in Romania, after the finalisation of all investigations’ the answer of the authority says.

They also mention that, according to the European and international regulations regarding ESB ‘ Romania has no restrictions imposed regarding the intercommunity commerce or export to third countries, with the exception of those coming from the exploitation of origin of the positive animal’.

According to the procedure, the sample was sent for the confirmation of the diagnosis to the National Laboratory of Reference for EST in IDSA which confirmed on 15 May the diagnosis regarding the mad cow disease.

The sample was sent for the identification of the ESB type to the Community Reference Laboratory Weybridge in the UK, which established, following the analyses that this case represents an atypical form of ESB which appears naturally and spontaneously with cattle.

ANSVSA informs that ‘ this case of atypical form of ESB is an isolated case’ in Romania with no case recorded in a classical or atypical form of ESB starting with 1995 to the present.

Saudi Press Agency relates that the decision of the Ryad authorities was taken after a warning coming from the World Organisation for Animal health regarding the apparition of one case of mad cow disease in Romania.