The viewing website www.bezpecnostpotravin.cz is increasing

The Ministry of Agriculture‘s Food Safety Information Center (FSIC) has been running the www.bezpecnostpotravin.cz website since 2003, which is intended for the education of a wide range of consumers as well as a professionals in the field of food safety.

 

The main task of the website is to inform and educate consumers about food safety and healthy nutrition issues, to transmit information from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), from the Czech Supervisory Authorities and from the RASFF system to the public. Registered users of the so-called “e-mail list”service receive up-to-date information on identification of unsafe food on the Czech market.

 

Due to the increasing activities of the Ministry of Agriculture in the area of ensuring quality and safe food for the period 2014-2017 the public consumers have increased their interest in and demand of high-quality and safe food as well as a significant increase in viewing the bezpecnostpotravin.cz website.

   

The bezpecnostpotravin.cz website helps to meet the objectives of the National Health Strategy 2020 (Action Plan 2 Good Nutrition and Eating habits) and Food Safety and Nutrition Strategy 2014-2020, regarding its educational activities.

   

Graph: The growth of the average monthly website bezpecnostpotravin.cz visitors/traffic covering the period from 2014 until 2017

 

 

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Table: Summary of the total annual traffic of the website bezpecnostpotravin.cz and overview of the average monthly traffic on the website covering the period from 2014 until 2017

   

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The average monthly traffic on the website bezpecnostpotravin.cz increased from approximately 52,000 website visitors to 177,000 website visitors per month covering the period from 2014 until 2017, which is an increase of approximately 125,000 website visitors per month, ie. an increase of 240 %.

The first occurrence of African swine fever in history has been confirmed in the population of wild boars in the Czech Republic

 

Testing has proven the disease in two dead wild boars in the Region Zlín. The source of the disease, as well as other circumstances, are under investigation performed by the State Veterinary Administration of the Czech Republic (hereinafter referred to as the “SVA”) currently. All age categories of domestic pigs and wild boars can by infected by the disease agent; however, the disease is not transmissible to humans or other animal species.

 

The SVA is currently preparing emergency veterinary measures. Based on these measures, a zone (so called “infected area”) will be established around the place of finding of the animals. In the zone, a ban on hunting of wild boars will be applied and the monitoring of wild boars will be intensified. At the same time, a census of all domestic pigs kept in the area will be performed and keepers will have to notify all changes in the health state of domestic pigs. In addition to that, they will have to inform the relevant Regional Veterinary Administration (hereinafter referred to as the “RVA”) on any planned domestic slaughtering of domestic pigs.

 

“It is obvious that our veterinary administration operates effectively since it has quickly detected the source of the disease. For the present, we have a reason for watchfulness but not for excessive fears. If the disease spreads after all to commercial holdings, we would require especial compensations for losses of profit of our keepers from the European Commission”, said the Minister of Agriculture, Mr Marian Jurečka. “All measures taken are aimed particularly at the prevention of intrusion of the disease to holdings keeping domestic pigs”, added the Director General of the SVA, Mr Zbyněk Semerád.

 

In accordance with legislation which is currently in force, an expert group consisting of veterinarians, hunters, experts in animal diseases, as well as experts in wild boars, will be established. The group will assist to the relevant RVA at the analysis of animal disease situation, defining of infected area and implementation of eradication plan.

 

ASF is an acute, highly infectious disease of pigs similar to classical swine fever. It is characterised by a high, almost 100%, mortality. Warthog (Phacochoerus aethiopicus) was the original resource of the disease from which soft ticks of the Ornithodoros genus were infected. The disease manifests by a high fever up to 42 °C which can, according to the course of the disease, last even several days. First signs appear at the decline in the temperature. Animals show lassitude, breathing with difficulties, loss of appetite, haemorrhagic diarrhoea and vomitus. In the population of wild boars, the virus is spread in particular by a direct contact but also by feed, water and articles.

 

Since African swine fever is a dangerous contagious animal disease, binding rules apply at its occurrence in the territory of an EU Member State. As any other Member State, the Czech Republic will have to send within 90 days after the confirmation of the first case to the European Commission a plan of measures for the eradication of the disease in defined infected area.

 

African swine fever has for several years been present in certain countries of the former Soviet Union, in Baltic states, in neighbouring Poland and lately also in Ukraine. Already from seventies of 20th century, it has been also present in Sardinia from which, however, it does not spread elsewhere. Totally 467 samples were tested serologically and virologically to the end of the year 2016, all with negative results.

  

Highly pathogenic avian influenza situation in the Czech Republic

 

  • The occurrence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) of subtype H5 in poultry in the Czech Republic.

From 4th January to 23rd February 2017 in total 32 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreaks was confirmed in the Czech Republic:

  • 31 HPAI H5N8 outbreaks in 10 regions (Southern Moravian, Central Bohemian, Southern Bohemian, Olomouc, Liberec, Moravian-Silesian, Ústí nad Labem, Pardubice, Hradec Králové and Plzeň region); non-commercial back-yards flocks 28 outbreaks and commercial holdings 3 outbreaks
  • 1 HPAI H5N5 was confirmed in the Zoological garden Liberec (region Liberec) in captive birds.

Please be informed that no poultry products and animals were sent from infected holdings and all measures taken by the State Veterinary Administration are in accordance with EU legislation.

  • The occurrence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) of subtype H5 in wild animals in the Czech Republic.

Since 4th January 2017 the HPAI H5N8 virus was confirmed in 52 wild birds found dead (40 swans, 8 ducks, 2 goose, 2 heron) in 13 region of the Czech Republic (Prague, Southern Moravian, Southern Bohemian, Central Bohemian, Moravian-Silesian, Zlín, Olomouc, Hradec Králové, Karlovy Vary, Pardubice, Ústí nad Labem, Liberec and Vysočina region).

 

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