July 4, 2011


Russia may ban live poultry imports from Europe



Russia may ban imports of live poultry from Germany, the Netherlands and possibly other European countries in light of reports on an outbreak of avian influenza in those countries.


"Judging by information possessed by Rosselkhoznadzor on the spread of subtype 7 low-pathogenic avian influenza in Germany and the Netherlands, a ban could, in the near future, be imposed on imports of live poultry from these countries and possibly other European countries, if this virus starts spreading there as well," veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor said in a statement published on its website.


The spread of the low pathogenic virus could cause an outbreak of highly pathogenic flu of the same type, according to the agency.


Russia had previously begun limiting shipments of animal produce from Germany in connection with the spread of intestinal infection in EU countries.


The agency plans to analyze the risks and, if the negative forecast is confirmed, take precautionary measures, it said.

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