EU extends poultry ban as H5N1 re-erupts in Romania

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

EU - The European Union has widened an import ban on Romanian poultry to the whole country because the lethal H5N1 strain of bird flu has resurfaced and is &quot;spreading rapidly,&quot; officials said. The Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health, which groups health and veterinary experts from the EU&#39;s 25 member states, agreed on the move after being briefed by Romanian authorities on the latest situation. &quot;The proposal was put forward on the basis that the highly pathogenic H5N1 virus has been spreading rapidly in Romania since avian influenza began re-occurring in the country in mid-May,&quot; it said Friday. It added that Romanian authorities &quot;have notified an outbreak outside the area currently under restriction, from where imports of poultry and poultry products are already banned by the EU.&quot; <i>Source: Today Online</i>

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