Bird flu (Avian influenza) now as well in Finland, mandatory additional Cleansing & Disinfection transport vehicles in The Netherlands

Due to the outbreak of contagious (highly pathogenic) bird flu (HPAI) at kept poultry in Finland transport vehicles for poultry [1] or hatching eggs that return or enter from Finland to The Netherlands require additional cleansing and disinfection (C&D) immediately after entering The Netherlands. This 2nd C&D has to be carried out at an   approved centre for cleansing and disinfection for animal transport vehicles or at a appointed centre for cleansing and disinfection for poultry transport vehicles. This requirement also applies to vehicles entering from the EU countries Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Poland, Romania, Sweden and countries outside the European Union, so called third countries (among which United Kingdom (UK)).

After the mandatory 2nd C&D, the supervisor at the approved or registered completes the evidence of cleansing and disinfection. The transporter has to send this completed and signed evidence to the reporting point of the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA).

Nederlandse Voedsel- en Warenautoriteit NVWA
Interventiebureau Dier
Antwoordnummer 2052
8000 VB Zwolle

Telephone number: +31 (88) 223 45 30
Fax number: +31 (88) 223 10 06
E-mail: R&

[1] Poultry: chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus), birds belonging to the order of ducks (Anseriformes), the family of  ostriches (Struthionidae), emus (Dromaiidae) and nandus (Rheidae) and for consumption kept pigeons (Colombia livia).