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Singapore lifts ban on Malaysian poultry

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

SINGAPORE - Singapore will lift its ban on Malaysian poultry this Friday, after Malaysia declared the states of Selangor and Perak to be free of bird flu. Malaysia has not had any bird flu cases for three months, the time considered by the World Organisation for Animal Health to demonstrate that the disease is not spreading. The country is Singapore&#39;s biggest supplier of poultry and eggs. Before the ban on imports earlier this year, Selangor supplied 3 per cent of the eggs consumed by Singaporeans, while 80 per cent of the ducks consumed in Singapore were from Perak. However both Selangor and Perak were affected by the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu earlier this year, and the country has slaughtered tens of thousands of poultry since February. Singapore&#39;s Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority said it had sent officials to Malaysia to inspect the surveillance systems that were set up to prevent the disease from spreading. <i>Source: ap-foodtechnology.com</i>

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