Poland Lifts AI Restrictions12 February 2008
POLAND - The Polish Veterinary Authorities have announced that because of a lack of new outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) since 22 December last year, there is no longer a need for any restrictions on the flow of poultry from Poland to other EU member states.
However, the United States, Russia, Belarus, Hong Kong, Ukraine and Japan have not yet lifted their AIbased trade restrictions for the affected regions.
The veterinary officials closed the last quarantine zone because there were no new cases of AI for 30 days.
On 22 January, the Polish Secretary of Agriculture issued a regulation modifying restrictions on maintenance of poultry issued after first outbreak of HPAI in Poland on 1 December.
The new regulation relaxes certain limitations regarding maintenance of ducks and geese in breeding flocks and allows organization of poultry shows under strict supervision of local veterinary service if they are located outside the zones recently affected by the AI outbreaks.
All other restrictions regarding maintenance of poultry imposed in December 2007 remain in force and are expected to be lifted at the end of February 2008.
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