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China Bans Thai Poultry Imports

by 5m Editor
4 December 2008, at 9:49am

CHINA - Imports of chicken and other poultry products from Thailand are banned following the outbreak of avian flu there.

The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (GAQSIQ) and the Ministry of Agriculture issued a joint have announced that China will return or destroy all poultry and related products imported from Thailand after 27 October of this year, according to an official source.

A case involving the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 occurred on a poultry farm in Thailand on 27 October. It was confirmed by the country's government and reported to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) on 10 November.

Poultry products sent through the mail or carried by travellers are also prohibited in China. They will be returned or destroyed once spotted, according to the announcement.

China is now also requiring poultry or related products from Thailand to be sealed on ships, airplanes, trains or other vehicles while passing through or staying in China.

Further Reading

- You can visit the Avian Flu page by clicking here.