June 7, 2007

Ireland lifts bird flu ban on UK poultry imports



Ireland's Minister for Agriculture and Food Mary Coughlan has lifted a precautionary ban on British poultry imports due to bird flu, after consultation with Northern Ireland's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD).


The ban was imposed in late-May following reports of a low pathogenic H7N2 bird flu outbreak near Corwen, North Wales.


During the period of the ban, the Department of Agriculture and Food maintained close communication with DARD and UK's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to ensure the disease did not enter Ireland. 

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