November 5, 2020


Taiwan bans imports of Dutch live poultry


Taiwan has imposed a ban on Dutch live poultry imports after removing the Netherlands from a list of countries free from highly pathogenic avian influenza, Focus Taiwan reported.


The ban was announced by the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ) under the Council of Agriculture, which cited the Netherlands Food, Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) report of culling 35,700 broiler chickens in Altfrost town after confirming H5N2 strain of avian flu.


The BAPHIQ said the ban covers live poultry, eggs and fertilizer containing poultry manure as ingredients.


Hsu Jung-pin, deputy director-general of BAPHIQ, said Taiwan had imported 63,306 Dutch chicks and 183 other live poultry since 2018. Taiwan had also purchased 11,518 metric tonnes of fertilizer containing poultry manure from the Netherlands.


Hsu said Taiwan does not permit the import of Dutch poultry meat.


-      Focus Taiwan