Thursday, April 05, 2007

Russia bans poultry imports from West Virginia

MOSCOW, April 5 (RIA Novosti) - Russia’s food safety watchdog said Thursday it has imposed a temporary ban on imports of poultry products from the U.S. state of West Virginia, starting April 6.

According to the U.S. Agriculture Department, turkeys at a farm in Pendleton County in West Virginia tested positive April 3 for the bird-flu virus. Preliminary tests indicated the turkeys had a low-pathogenic H5N2 strain of the virus.

“Due to an outbreak of bird flu virus containing H5N2 strains registered in the U.S. state of West Virginia, Rosselkhoznadzor is introducing temporary restrictions on imports of poultry products, feed-stuff and feed supplements from this state,” said Alexei Alekseyenko, a spokesman for the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Inspection.

The official said that restrictions will apply for poultry produced after March 31.

Rosselkhoznadzor has requested that U.S. food safety authorities provide Russia with detailed information on the bird flu outbreak in the country.

Bird flu story source:RNA (Russian News And Information Agency)

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