Egypt eases restrictions on poultry ahead of Ramadan

EGYPT - Egypt eased restrictions on poultry imports imposed amid the bird flu crisis this week, among a raft of measures aimed at lowering the retail price of food ahead of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

"Whole frozen poultry, frozen eggs and egg powder will be off the list of banned imports," Foreign Trade and Industry Minister Rashid Mohammad Rashid told Egypt's official Middle East News Agency on Tuesday.

The retail price of meat and fish had doubled following the imposition of the import ban. Rashid also announced that import duties on fish and frozen meats, including poultry, would be lifted from mid-July until December 31.

"These decisions are aimed at enabling the poultry industry to eventually be fully functional while providing citizens with their meat, fish and dairy needs at reasonable prices in the run-up to the month of Ramadan," said Rashid.

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