The Czech Republic’s second public bird census got underway on Friday.
Over the course of the next three days, people can observe birds flocking
on feeders in their gardens or parks, identify the species and send the
findings to the Czech Ornithological Society’s Website.
The purpose of the citizen science project is to discover more about the development of the country’s common birds.
Some 14,000 people took part in the census last year. The results showed that the most common birds in Czech gardens include blue tits and house sparrows.
The Czech Republic has ended blanket checks on beef imported from Poland.
The change means that companies accepting deliveries of beef from Poland
are no longer required to carry out tests for salmonella. The Czech
Ministry of Agriculture said Poland had provided guarantees that it had
done all it could to prevent meat from cattle unfit for human consumption
from reaching the market.
Earlier this year bad Polish meat ended up in 11 other countries, including the Czech Republic. Despite the end of mandatory testing Czech state veterinarians will maintain an increased level of controls on meat imports.
The Czech Republic, which was poised to scrap the strict control measures
imposed on Polish meat imports on Monday, is still waiting for written
guarantees from Poland pertaining to its own control measures which would
guarantee safe imports in the future.
Agriculture Minister Miroslav Toman, who discussed the issue with his Polish counterpart and the EU commissioner for agriculture last week said the agreed on measures were adequate and controls would cease as soon as the Czech Republic received assurances that they had been implemented.
According to Petr Majer from the State Veterinary Authority if the written guarantees arrive on Tuesday the controls could be called off on Wednesday.
The strict control measures were introduced shortly after Czech veterinary authorities confirmed salmonella- infected meat in beef and poultry imports from Poland.
Four people from Opava contracted brucellosis, a disease that was
eradicated from Czech territory six decades ago, the head of the infections
department at a hospital in the city told reporters on Tuesday. The four
caught the highly contagious illness last summer after consuming
unpasteurised milk while on holiday in Armenia.
Working with veterinarians, doctors in Opava identified the rarely seen disease after two of the victims sought treatment toward the end of last year.
The Czech Republic will scrap the strict control measures it introduced on
Polish meat imports after salmonella-infected beef and poultry was found in
several deliveries from Poland on condition that Poland provides guarantees
regarding its own control mechanism and the safety of its meat products,
Czech Agriculture Minister Miroslav Toman said following talks in Brussels
Minister Toman said he was satisfied with the progress made so far and said the Czech Republic was ready to end control measures on March 25.
The Czech Republic is now officially regarded as having eradicated African
swine fever, transmitted by wild boars, the European Commission said on
State Veterinary Administration spokesman Petr Vorlíček said this makes the Czech Republic the first country in the world so far to have eradicated the disease on its territory.
However, the disease continues to spread in Europe, including in neighbouring Poland, so the risk of in being reintroduced is high.
The Polish Minister of Agriculture Jan Krzyszof Ardanowski has accused the
Czech prime minister of waging a campaign against Polish food. The
interview that the Polish agriculture minister gave to the paper Gazeta
Polska has made headlines in the Czech Republic due to statements that have
been interpreted as an accusation of ulterior motives behind the recent
warning against buying corrupted Polish beef given by the Czech Ministry of
Mr. Ardanowski was quoted as saying that Czechs like to buy Polish foodstuffs due to their good quality and low price, but that the country’s leaders are perhaps trying to move Polish food off the market due to Czech attempts to increase domestic agricultural production. He then went on to say: “After all, the owner of one of the largest food processing companies in the Czech Republic is the prime minister of this country”.
Czech veterinary inspectors say they have traced a delivery of poultry from
Poland that is infected with the Salmonella virus.
The shipment of 1,200kg of poultry from the firm Inter-Natural 2000 was reportedly delivered to restaurants and canteens in the Hradec Králové, Zlín and Olomouc regions.
It is not yet clear how much of it has already been consumed.
The Czech Veterinary Authority introduced strict controls on all beef imports from Poland last week after deliveries of over 2 tons tested positive for Salmonella.
Days after announcing they had traced all deliveries of Polish beef
infected with the Salmonella virus, Czech veterinary inspectors now say
another metric ton of suspect beef from the same source was imported into
Polish authorities informed their Czech counterparts about another shipment of 1,164 kilogrammes of potentially infected meat under the terms of a rapid alert system, Czech Television reports.
Last week, the Czech Republic introduced strict controls on all beef imports from Poland.