Further foot-and-mouth restrictions for the Netherlands

Commission adopts further restrictions after newest outbreak of foot-and-mouth in the Netherlands

The European Commission adopted additional protective measures on 10 April as a consequence of the new outbreak in the Netherlands. These measures include:

  • Ban on movement of live susceptible animals and any derivative products from the Netherlands to other Member States and third countries
  • Restrictions on the export of fresh meat and meat products, milk and milk products, hides, skins and other animal products from the same species to other Member States and third countries.


A new outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) was confirmed on 10 April in the Netherlands on a farm in the province of Friesland, a previously unaffected region. The site is 140 kilometres from the centre where all the other previous 21 cases were confirmed. As a result, the Dutch government reinstated a total ban on the movement of all fresh meat and milk within the country.


The most recent outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in Europe began in southeast England on 19 February 2001. Since then, the disease has spread across the United Kingdom, including Northern Ireland, neighbouring Ireland, France and more recently the Netherlands.

The original outbreak of FMD in the Netherlands has been traced to animals shipped from Ireland via the French department of Mayenne, the site of the first foot-and- mouth outbreak on the continent.


The Commission's Standing Veterinary Committee will hold a special meeting on 19 April to review the newest measures imposed on the Netherlands and if neccessary provide more advice.


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