February 25, 2004



Barbados Bans US, Canada Poultry Products On Bird Flu Fears


Barbados has banned poultry products from parts of the United States and Canada, following the outbreak of a highly contagious strain of bird flu in Texas, officials said Tuesday.


The Caribbean country's ban came hours after the European Union, South Korea, Mexico and other countries announced they would temporarily halt poultry imports from the United States.


Barbados' ban applies to imports from the U.S. states of Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maryland, Rhode Island, Connecticut and the Canadian province of British Columbia, the government said in a statement.


Barbados has also banned U.S. beef products following the detection of mad cow disease on a farm in Washington state last year.


U.S. officials said Monday the bird flu outbreak near San Antonio, in south-central Texas, was a dangerous strain of the type originally suspected, but was not the same strain that has killed at least 22 people in Asia.