US authorities ban poultry from French bird flu region

28th February 2006, Comments 0 comments

WASHINGTON, Feb 28, 2006 (AFP) - US authorities banned poultry imports from an area of eastern France where the deadly H5N1 bird flu has been discovered, officials said Tuesday.

WASHINGTON, Feb 28, 2006 (AFP) - US authorities banned poultry imports from an area of eastern France where the deadly H5N1 bird flu has been discovered, officials said Tuesday.

The US Department of Agriculture said it placed a temporary ban on the importation of poultry, live birds, hatching eggs and unprocessed avian products from the French Department of Ain.

The ban became effective February 25, only for that department of France.

French officials said this week some 20 countries are now banning poultry imports from France as a result of an outbreak of bird flu in the country.

The bans were put in place after French authorities announced Saturday they had detected the deadly H5N1 strain of avian flu in a turkey farm in the east of the country.

France is the fourth-biggest poultry exporter in the world, after the United States, China and Brazil.

There are 30,600 commercial poultry farms in the country, which produce 700 million birds a year and represent total annual revenues of six billion euros (seven billion dollars), including exports.

US officials placed bans on imports from at least 17 countries, mostly in Asia, due to the presence of the H5N1 strain of avian influenza in commercial flocks.

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Subject: French news

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