United States Mission to the European Union
Foreign Agricultural Service
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Last modified: June 30, 2014

Animal Health


For many years, the EU has funded programs for the monitoring and eradication of animal diseases.  Several of them can also infect humans, but all of them provoke economic havoc on affected Member State agricultural economies.  The EU is currently operating a multi-annual program: the EU Animal Health Strategy (2007-2013).  Progress of actions under this program can be followed at http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/diseases/strategy/pillars/action_en.htm#4.


Among the most important animal diseases in the EU are Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSE) and Avian Influenza (AI), but also Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD), Blue Tongue (BT), Schmallenberg virus (SBV), Classical Swine Fever (CSF) and African Swine Fever (ASF) require continued vigilance.  A list of diseases monitored at EU level is available here.


The U.S. competent authority for the monitoring of EU animal disease outbreaks and the establishment of protection measure against infiltration of these diseases into the United States is with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).   For more information please contact APHIS:


Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
National Center for Import and Export
Veterinary Services
Riverdale, Maryland
Phone 301-734-3278
Fax 301-734-0571


U.S. Mission to the EU
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
Brussels, Belgium
Xavier Mennig
E-mail: Xavier.Mennig@aphis.usda.gov
Phone 32-(0)2-811-4747
Fax 32-(0)2-811-5560