Fighting animal related diseases is a priority for EU in 2005

October 15, 2004, as reported by just-food.com: The European Union will increase its spending on preventing animal related diseases in 2005. European Commission, the EU’s main governing body, has approved a financial package of €188m (US$233.1m), an increase of €41m over 2004.

The funds will be used to tackle transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE) and a range of other animal diseases that impact on animal and human health. The increase signifies the importance the Commission has put on eradicating these diseases as a matter of protecting both animal and public health.

"We are dedicating increased resources in 2005 to fight animal diseases. Healthy animals are the key to safe food. Today’s decision reflects our on-going commitment to supporting pro-active monitoring, preventative action, and disease eradication,” said David Byrne, Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection.