WINDHOEK: An audit by the European Union (EU) to evaluate Namibia’s animal health control system, in particular in relation to controls for foot-and-mouth-disease (FMD), will commence today.
The objectives of the audit are to evaluate the effectiveness of animal health controls relevant for the export of fresh meat and game trophies to the EU, and their certification, a media statement issued by the Meat Corporation of Namibia (Meatco) said yesterday.
The audit team will in particular review the surveillance and control systems in place for FMD and brucellosis, with a particular focus on the measures taken following the recommendations of the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) audit report of the European Commission, and review the system for the control and recording of animal movements, including those necessary for the certification of animal health requirements of the Commission’s Regulation for bovine, ovine, caprine animals as well as farmed and wild ruminants.
It will also review the controls in place for the production, traceability and treatment of game trophies destined for export to the EU, the certification system for these commodities, and the surveillance system for swine diseases.
The EU audit ends on 01 March 2013.