Tories urge live bird import ban

UK - Ministers are being urged to ban imports of live birds from the EU after the source of an avian disease outbreak was traced back to France.

The Newcastle Disease outbreak at a pheasant farm in Surrey, where 9,000 birds are being culled, was traced back to a French farm where they were bred.

Shadow agriculture minister Jim Paice said imports should be suspended until bio-security measures could be assured.

The government said it had no intention of introducing a wholesale ban.

Source: BBC
calendar icon 21 July 2005
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