(1) In the context of the single market, specific animal health rules have been laid down to govern intraCommunity trade in the production, processing, distribution and introduction fromthird countries of products of animal origin for human consumption included in Annex I to the Treaty.
(2) Those rules have allowed the removal of obstacles to trade in the products concerned, thereby contributing to the creation of the internal market whilst ensuring a high level of animal health protection.
(3) The aimof those rules is to prevent the introduction or spread of animal diseases resulting from the placing on the market of products of animal origin. They also contain common provisions concerning in particular the restrictions applicable to the placing on the market of products coming from a holding or area infected by epizootic diseases and the obligation to subject products coming from restricted areas to treatment to destroy the disease agent.
(4) Those common provisions should be harmonised in order to remove possible inconsistencies introduced when the specific animal health rules were adopted. Such harmonisation will also ensure uniform implementation of animal health rules throughout the Community and introduce greater transparency in the structure of Community legislation.