August 5, 2008
Bangladesh has suspended poultry imports from Arkansas due to bird flu outbreak in the US state.
The Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries said imports of day-old-chicks, frozen chicken and other poultry products as well as pet and wild birds from Arkansas would be suspended until further notice.
This adds Arkansas onto Bangladesh's long list of temporarily suspended suppliers that include Pakistan, India, China, the UK, South Korea, Malaysia, Russia, and Germany among others.
Salehuddin Khan, director of livestock department said they want to prevent imports of poultry products from bird flu-affected countries.
Salehuddin Khan, director of livestock department told New Age, "We want to prevent imports of poultry products from the bird flu-affected countries."
Bird flu was detected in 93 farms in February but has gone down to 60 in March. Khan said the Bangladesh lacks modern laboratory services to readily detect bird flu in fowls in remote areas.