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Japan lifts temporary suspension of imports of live poultry from some areas of Netherlands

Christian Fernsby |
As of 21 October 2021, the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) has lifted the temporary suspension on the import of live poultry (chicken, quail, ostrich, turkey, pheasant, guinea fowl and birds), hatching eggs and liquid eggs of poultry from 11 Animal Health Municipalities (AHMs) defined by the Netherlands.

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On 30 October 2020 Japan suspended imports of live poultry, hatching eggs and liquid eggs from AHMs after a case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) on a broiler breeder farm in Altforst, province of Gelderland in the Netherlands.

As a result of subsequent confirmations of HPAI, imports were eventually suspended for 14 out of the total 20 AHMs in the Netherlands. As of 21 October the suspension has been lifted for 11 out of these 14 AHMs .

For live poultry, hatching eggs and liquid eggs, regionalization applies, and export was still possible for not affected AHMs.

Japan maintains the temporary suspension on the import of poultry meat, poultry eggs (other than hatching eggs and liquid eggs) and live birds (not poultry) from the entire territory of the Netherlands as regionalization does not apply to these products.

Bilateral consultations between the Netherlands and Japan are ongoing in an effort to lift the remaining suspension measures.

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