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Parliamentary questions
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2 October 2013
E-009475/2013(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Borg on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-009475/2013

1. The Commission is not aware of the die-off of cattle in Italy described in the written question. Due to the fact that the Clostridium botulinum is not contagious, botulism is not included in the list of notifiable diseases of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)(1). In a similar way, EU animal health legislation does not foresee the obligation for the Member States to notify it to the Commission, and disease prevention and control measures are taken on the bases of national legislation.

2.. A debate is ongoing between the Commission and the Member States on the sporadic phenomenon of visceral botulism in cattle and the alleged but unproven causal relationship with biogas digestion residues.

(1) http://www.oie.int/animal-health-in-the-world/oie-listed-diseases-2013/

OJ C 88 E, 27/03/2014
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