EU extends poultry ban as H5N1 re-erupts in Romania

EU - The European Union has widened an import ban on Romanian poultry to the whole country because the lethal H5N1 strain of bird flu has resurfaced and is "spreading rapidly," officials said.

The Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health, which groups health and veterinary experts from the EU's 25 member states, agreed on the move after being briefed by Romanian authorities on the latest situation.

"The proposal was put forward on the basis that the highly pathogenic H5N1 virus has been spreading rapidly in Romania since avian influenza began re-occurring in the country in mid-May," it said Friday.

It added that Romanian authorities "have notified an outbreak outside the area currently under restriction, from where imports of poultry and poultry products are already banned by the EU."

Source: Today Online
calendar icon 5 June 2006
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