Poultry Exports to Indonesia Remain in Limbo17 January 2013
AUSTRALIA - Australian poultry exports to Indonesia will not resume until at least 21 March, following Jakarta's ban on imports after a strain of bird flu was detected on a New South Wales farm last November.
This is despite the farm, near Maitland in the Hunter Valley, being given the all-clear just days before Christmas, reports ABC.
Indonesia insists their import ban must extend for three months past the date that the all-clear was given, and then only after the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) is also notified.
Australian Chicken Meat Federation's executive director Dr Andreas Dubbs says Indonesia's action is different to the majority of nations importing Australian poultry.
"Many countries have reinstated the trade back in December or before and many countries only limited it to that farm or New South Wales so in the first instance so its a broad range and Indonesia is at one extreme of the spectrum in this instance."