Japan lifts temporary suspension of imports of live poultry from some areas in France
Since the outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N8 subtype) was confirmed at the duck farm in Landes, France, on December 2nd, the ministry suspended import of live poultry, poultry meat, etc. from the prefecture.
"We have confirmed the cleanliness of the disease in poultry in the four prefectures where the outbreak was confirmed, based on the information on the avian influenza epidemic prevention measures provided to Japan by the French Livestock Hygiene Authority. Therefore, as of October 21, the temporary import suspension measures have been lifted," the ministry said.
"The reason for suspending the import of live poultry, poultry meat, poultry eggs, etc. from the country or region of occurrence is to prevent live poultry raised in Japan from being infected with the virus. Not for food hygiene." ■