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May 16, 2021

Authorities ban export of live cattle and sheep to EU markets

Romania can no longer sell animals liable to be infected with the bluetongue disease (cattle, sheep) to EU member states, except for immediate slaughter. The measure has been imposed by the National Sanitary Veterinary and Food Safety Authority (ANSVSA) in line with European legislation.
Live animals can nevertheless be sold to EU member states for immediate slaughter, and trade with meat and derived products from these animals is not restricted within the EU.
At the same time, Romania can export live animals to non-EU countries where the authorities have not decided otherwise, countries such as Jordan.
Internal trade with cattle and sheep can continue without restrictions, the ANSVSA representatives have stated.
Twenty-one animals have died of bluetongue disease in Romania, 935 animals being infected in 158 communes according to the ANSVSA data tallied by September 30.

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