In Ukraine there is a short-term mission of EU experts assessing the state control system, a set of measures and the preparation of our state to combat infectious nodular dermatitis (IND) in cattle in cases of entry of this disease into the country. This is reported by the press service of the State Service of Ukraine for Food Safety and Consumer Protection.
The experts of the mission met the chairman of the State Service of Ukraine for Food Safety and Consumer Protection Volodymyr Lapa and representatives of the Food Safety and Veterinary Medicine Department. The Ukrainian side presented to the European colleagues the structure of the State Service of Ukraine for Food Safety and Consumer Protection, the main functions and responsibilities, the legislative base, as well as they discussed the overall situation and distribution of the IND of cattle in the world.
During the negotiations the world experience in combating the IND and various control systems for cattle, questions of animal identification and registration of farms in the field, as well as provision of vaccines, diagnostic tools, and the like was discussed.
The head of the State Service of Ukraine for Food Safety and Consumer Protection noted that Ukraine is very clearly aware of all the risks in case of importation of infectious nodular dermatitis to the territory of Ukraine, therefore a number of measures were taken in the last year. In particular, according to him, the Instruction for the prevention and control of infectious nodular dermatitis of cattle was developed and adopted, a program for monitoring the IND, insectoacaricide drugs for the prevention of this disease purchased, a purchase of PCR test systems is planned, and a register of vaccines is being formed. To prevent the causative agent on the territory of Ukraine, a restriction on the importation of live animals from countries, where the IND was recorded, was introduced. Great attention is also paid to explanatory work. For workers in the veterinary industry, large commodity farms, seminars and trainings were held on the issues of prevention and control of the IND.
"During the mission, we have an opportunity to see the situation of our readiness to prevent IND, as well as to gain invaluable practical experience of those countries that have already faced this problem," Volodymyr Lapa said.
Within the short-term mission of EU experts, a meeting will also be held at the State Research Institute for Laboratory Diagnostics and Veterinary Sanitary Expertise and a seminar for inspectors and laboratory specialists. In addition, representatives of the mission will visit one of the dairy farms in the Kyiv region.
The mission will operate in Ukraine from 3 to 6 April 2018. Based on the results of the work during the final meeting with the management and experts of the State Service of Ukraine for Food Safety and Consumer Protection, mission experts will provide their recommendations to the Ukrainian side on this issue.