Workshop on African Swine Fever surveillance and wildlife management


The Workshop on African Swine Fever surveillance and wildlife management is organised within the Better Training for Safer Food initiative.


The workshop will take place from October 25th to 27th in Prague – Czech Republic, and will be held in English language.


The same training was already carried out last year in Minsk from November 16th to 18th 2016, and delegates from Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, and Slovakiatook part in the training.

We kindly request that all countries nominate at least one participant responsible for wildlife management (officials from national agencies dealing with forestry /wildlife management).


This is related to the need to strengthen links and facilitate communication between Veterinary Services and other stakeholders in the country.


Workshop on African Swine Fever (ASF) in the Czech Republic

AMPWorkshop on African Swine Fever (ASF) in the Czech Republic organised by National level

Due to the Evolution of the Epidemiological Situation of African Swine Fever in the Czech Republic (the first positive case was detected on 26 June 2017), we are fully aware of the seriousness of the situation. The State Veterinary Administration launched the Epidemiology Training Programme for hunters, representatives of hunter associations, forestry management in response to the recent incursion of African swine fever (ASF) into the Czech Republic. 

The State Veterinary Administration is organising for hunters a cycle of trainin sessions in the fields of African Swine Fever. More than 1,000 hunters were trained in the Zlín region from July to August.

African swine fever (ASF) is a highly transmissible disease affecting pigs and wild boars with serious socio-economic and wildlife consequences. The disease can spread rapidly, irrespective of national borders.
ASF is not a human health threat.
No vaccine or specific treatment is currently available for ASF.
Therefore, disease control is mainly based on early detection and the application of strict sanitary and biosecurity measures.

Workshop on African Swine Fever (ASF) in the Czech Republic organised by Community level

EC is planning to organise a one day workshop on surveillance and wildlife management for African Swine Fever in the Czech Republic (also in Germany, Austria).

TARGET PARTICIPANTS: only Czech, mainly hunters, representatives of hunter associations, forestry management and veterinarians. The number of participants can be between minimum 35 to maximum 50.
TOPICS: The topics to be addressed during the workshop include ASF in wild boar and management of wild boar population, wild boar data collection in ASF infected areas, best practices in biosecurity and implementation of GFTADs recommendations. GFTAD - Global Framework for the progressive control of Transboundary Animal Diseases.
DATE: October 12, 2017, from 9:00 to 17:30
FUNDING and ORGANISATION: The costs and organisation of experts, meeting room, lunch, coffee break and interpretation will be covered by contractor. On the other hand, the project does not cover costs for travel and accommodation of participants.
LOCATION: NH Collection Olomouc Congress, Legionářská 21. 779 00, Olomouc, Czech Republic)


The training will be held with simultaneous interpretation in Czech so as to reach also hunters and veterinary officials that are not fluent in English.



Workshop on ASF surveillance and wildlife management


BTSF GF-TADS Workshop – One day workshop on ASF surveillance and wildlife management


Olomouc, 12th October 2017


(NH Collection Olomouc Congress, Legionárská 21. 779 00, Olomouc, Czech Republic)


Time Contents Trainer


9:00 - 9:15 Welcome, introduction, aims


Experts, Host






9:15 - 10,10


Wild Boar ecology (Geographical distribution, Demography, Census and hunting methods)


AIM: participants will have an overview of the wild boar management


system through the infected countries in order to compare densities, census


methods and the different demographic structure resulting from different


management strategies


10:10 - 11:00


ASF in wild boar in Eastern Europe (Geographical spread, epidemiological role played by the wild boar, transmission patterns, risk factors)


AIM: participants will have an overview of the main epidemiological


characteristics of ASF epidemiology. Modes of transmission (direct and


indirect) will be presented; the concept of wild boar threshold density and


Critical Community size will be discussed in the light of the possible density


dependent eradication of the infection. Presentation of the concept of ASF


virus environmental contamination and its role in virus maintenance and




11:00 - 11,15 Coffee break


11:15 -11:50


ASF International legislation; legislation within the EU, OIE legislation, diagnostic standards of the UE diagnostic manual, EU and Terrestrial Code surveillance models


11:50 - 12:45


ASF surveillance in wild boar (early detection in free areas; monitoring in infected areas; sampling and epidemiological parameters estimation);


AIM: Participants receive key info in order to understand which surveillance


strategy (passive vs active, Ag detection vs Ab detection) is the best choice


in the framework of ASF early detection in free areas and monitoring in


infected areas.


12:45 -14:00


Wild boar data collection in ASF infected areas (management units: hunting vs administrative units; seasonality: biological periods vs calendar year; structure of the sampled population: age and gender


classes; prevalence in dead vs hunted animals);


AIM: participants will receive advice on how to organize the data in order


to fill the most common gaps observed when Wild boar management and


hunting derived data are collate together with Domestic animal health




14:00 - 14:35 Lunch


14:35 - 15:10 ASF in wild boar: practical management (designing a wild boar infected area; set quotas and hunting bags);


AIM: Participants will receive information regarding the main strategies


and their implementation in wild boar infected areas in order to achieve the


eradication of the virus.


15:10 - 15:45


Biosecurity in ASF in wild boar infected areas (role of biosecurity measures during hunting; safe disposal of carcasses and infected hunted


animals, practical organization of biosecurity facilities in Hunting ground;


management of hunted animals while waiting ASF test results);


AIM: participants will be informed regarding the role of biosecurity and


how to arrange the minimum set of measures in hunting grounds.


15:45 - 16:00


Group exercise a) surveillance; b) population management; c) data


collection and reporting Participants


16:00 - 16:45 Coffee break


16:45 -17:30 Discussion on exercise results Participants and




17:30 Closure of the training







Food Safety and Nutrition Strategy for 2014 – 2020

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Following the first decade of the 21st century, a fairly calm period with respect to food safety, the European Union, and thus also the Czech Republic, entered a turbulent period characterised by increased public and media interest in food safety and quality matters, namely due to numerous food scandals that hit the EU and the CR in the last two years. It is obvious that even though the food safety system in the EU is considered to be the most comprehensive in the world after the major food law revision in 2001, it continues to show deficiencies which allow for food scandals of international scope. For the competent authorities of the Member States, the CR inclusive, this confirms the fact that the food safety system shall be dynamic, flexible and responsive to the changing conditions.  

In 2012, the so called methanol affair unfolded in the CR which despite having its roots in illegal production badly affected the economy of “legal” producers and distributors of alcoholic drinks. Most importantly, though, dozens of people died as a result of methanol poisoning and many others will suffer from lifelong consequences. Regarding the scope, it has been the worst ever food related emergency in the history of the Czech Republic. On the other hand, the cooperation among the competent authorities across the individual sectors has proven very efficient in addressing this emergency. 

Despite the facts referred to above, the level of food safety in the CR can be considered very good and stable over a long period of time. It is repeatedly confirmed by results of official controls and monitoring of contaminants in food and also for instance by the numbers of foodborne diseases, including food poisoning reported to EPIDAT system. The outcomes of public opinion surveys conducted by the Ministry of Agriculture in 2011 and 2012 indicate that this opinion on the Czech food is also shared by consumers.

The presented Food Safety and Nutrition Strategy for 2014 – 2020 (hereinafter referred to as the “Strategy“) is the key document of the CR in the field of food safety and nutrition, a follow-up to the previous strategic documents of 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2010. It was compiled jointly by the participating ministries, non-governmental and consumer organisations.

The document complies with the Strategy for Growth of Czech Agriculture and Food Sector, which perceives the increased stress on quality and safety of Czech food production to be one of the ways of enhancing the importance of food sector in the domestic market and boosting the growth of its export performance.

Find the document here: 

Strategie BP.en 


Czech National Reference Laboratory for Animal Proteins

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Animal protein detection in feeds has completed ten years of successful operation on the international level. Precisely ten years ago, the laboratory engaged in this activity became the National Reference Laboratory for Animal Proteins in Feeds (NRL-AP). The laboratory is operated within the framework of the Feeds Department of the Central Institute for Supervising and Testing in Agriculture. For the first time, it was accredited in 2006 for the detection of animal proteins in feeds using a microscopic method, the only recognized reference method at that time within the European Union (EU).


During 2009 and 2010, the laboratory developed active efforts to become engaged in the development of the RT-PCR (real-time polymerase chain reaction) method aimed at helping to specify the species and exact origin of contamination. Subsequently, the laboratory was equipped with the necessary systems and successfully established and accredited the RT-PCR methodology. The laboratory is charged of testing and inspecting feeds for any presence of animal proteins, and if a positive finding is determined, with specifying the form of contamination. The purpose is to ensure safety in terms of BSE/TSE spreading in ruminant animals.


The laboratory passes at least two qualification tests on a regular basis with the EU Reference Laboratory (EURL-AP) focused on the microscopic method and on the RT-PCR method. Since 2006, the laboratory has been evaluated as the second best laboratory in the qualification tests – the so-called “EURL-AP Proficiency Tests“ – among the 27 national reference laboratories of EU countries.