February 2, 2005



Russia imposes limits on poultry imports over bird flu concerns


Russia has imposed restrictions on live poultry imports, and poultry products from countries where cases of bird flu have been registered, according to the Federal Veterinary and Phyto-sanitary Supervision Service (Rosselkhoznadzor) on Tuesday.


According to the service official, "such measures have been caused by the unfavorable situation related to bird flu infection incidence in Southeast Asian nations."


The official said, "Rosselkhoznadzor has instructed chief sanitary inspectors of Russian regions to step up measures aimed at preventing the virus' penetration in the country, as well as to transfer poultry farms to a closed-door operation regime."


Moreover, regional veterinary laboratories and research institutes are conducting monitoring testing of chicken for bird flu testing both domestic and migrating, synanthropic and exotic birds.

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