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Russia To Ban British Poultry Products

by 5m Editor
5 May 2006, at 12:00am

UK - Russia has jumped on the bandwagon of several other nations in banning poultry products from Britain. The Times of London reports, the island nation of Japan had previously banned poultry, eggs and even breeding birds from Britain. While Hong Kong has banned exports from Norfolk, which is the epicenter of a bird flu alert. Peter Mandelson, the European Trade Commissioner, is now being urged to put pressure on Russia to accept most British poultry imports and to restrict produce from Norfolk only. Mandelson is also being urged to take action against Japan’s ban on British imports. Under international trade rules countries can impose a ban only if there is a high pathogenic flu strain outbreak, but the virus in Norfolk is of low pathogen. The BBC reports however, another ban on exporting British beef, originally imposed in 1996 to prevent the spread of mad cow disease, has officially ended. <i>Source: All Headline News</i>

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