Russia Bans British Poultry Imports

UK - Ministers are working flat out to reverse action that threatens jobs in chicken farming and processing

Russia is the latest country to impose a trade ban on poultry from Britain. Japan has already banned all poultry, eggs and breeding birds from the UK and Hong Kong has banned exports from Norfolk, which is at the centre of the avian flu alert.

Ministers are working hard to lift the bans and are lobbying ambassadors in London. The Government is also working through the European Commission to try to rescue the Russian trade. The country automatically bans all poultry imports from any country with the H5 or H7 avian flu virus.

Peter Mandelson, the European Trade Commissioner, is now being urged to put pressure on Russia to accept most British poultry imports and to restrict produce from Norfolk only.

Source: The Times
calendar icon 3 May 2006
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