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Animal Health

Poultry health plan and animal health conditions

The poultry health plan is regulated throughout the state by Royal Decree 328/2003. The Decree contemplates all production stages: installation and operation of holdings, transport of animals, slaughter, ...

This regulation is aimed at guaranteeing an appropriate health condition of the holdings and of poultry, whether intended for human consumption, or for reproduction or egg-laying.

In order for a holding to be issued with the relevant authorisation, the holding must meet a number of installation requirements laid down in the aforementioned Royal Decree.

Obligations of poultry producers:

  • Entering all the necessary data in a holding log book (either as a file, or preferably, on computer means), so that the competent authority may carry out a permanent control of the health condition. The log book must include, among others, a record of entries and exits, health controls, treatments, vaccinations, cleaning and DDD, ...
  • Complying with the holding operation conditions detailed in the Royal Decree.
  • Implementing a health programme aimed at the prevention and control of infectious-contagious and parasite processes. The following specific control health programmes are compulsory:
    • Salmonela enteritidis and S. typhimurium for poultry breeding flocks.
    • Salmonella enteritidis, S. typhimurium, S. pullorum-gallinorum, micoplasmosis, avian influenza and Newcastle disease in holdings carrying out intra-Community trading, for poultry breeding, egg-laying and broiler flocks. (Royal Decree 1888/2000).

As regards avian influenza, as a consequence of the growing economic and public health significance this disease is gaining, a surveillance programme has been implemented on poultry and wild birds since the year 2003 in all the Member States of the European Union to investigate the prevalence of the infection of the H5 and H7 subtypes, as these are highly infectious.

Zoonosis: Salmollenosis Surveillance and Self-Control ProgrammeTop

In recent years, the control and surveillance of zoonoses, in particular of those related to certain types of poultry, has been regulated through different directives. However, in evaluating the results obtained, it was noted that there are some difficulties to compare the data from the different Member States, and on frequent occasions, the data did not accurately reflect the epidemiological status as it was incomplete. This circumstance prompted the approval of new legislation aimed at harmonising these issues. (Regulation 2160/2003, Royal Decree 328/2003, Royal Decree 1940/2004 and Order PRE/1377/2005).

The above regulations include the following provisions:

  • Targets are set to reduce the prevalence of specific zoonoses in animal populations at the primary production level, and if required, in other stages of the food chain, and compulsory deadlines are fixed for the setting of those targets:
    • End of 2004 for breeding poultry.
    • End of 2005 for egg-laying poultry.
    • End of 2006 for broilers.
    • End of 2007 for turkeys.
  • General requirements are laid down for the specific control programmes encompassing feed production, animal production and transformation and preparation of food of animal origin, and it specifies which zoonoses should be investigated, what data must be collected, how to exchange information between the different administrations, etc.
  • Poultry holdings have the obligation to implement a specific self-control programme for the prevention and control of salmonellosis of significance for public health (Salmonella enteritidis and Salmonella typhimurium), individualised for each holding, established and supervised by the veterinarian responsible for the holding. In addition, such programme shall be accompanied by a good hygiene practice code stating the biosafety measures to be adopted.
  • Lastly, the regulations define the control measures to be taken if zoonosis or zoonotic agents are detected, and the actions to be taken by the official veterinarian: annual control of the good hygiene practices, taking of samples...
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