Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Japan partly lifts import ban on British poultry (bird flu)

Japan’s Agriculture Ministry said on Wednesday it had decided to resume poultry imports from Britain, with the exception of Norfolk where a less-virulent strain of the bird flu virus was found last month.

The ministry said that information from the British government showed appropriate measures had been taken to prevent the disease from spreading.

A ministry official said Japan would be able to lift the ban on poultry from Norfolk in early August if no further outbreaks were reported there.

In 2005, Japan imported 374,964 live chicks and about 200 kg of poultry meat from Britain, the official said.

Japan imposed a ban on poultry imports from Britain on April 29 to prevent the spread of bird flu to domestic fowl.

The outbreak of the less-virulent strain of the bird flu virus, the H7N3, was found at three poultry farms in Norfolk.

Norfolk is home to some of Europe’s biggest poultry farms, including the country’s largest turkey farmer.

Britain has culled and disposed of all the birds at the three farms in Norfolk.

The H7N3 strain is less dangerous to humans than the feared H5N1 virus, although it still poses a serious health risk

Source for this avian influenza story

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