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Taiwan bans imports of live poultry from Netherlands over bird flu

Christian Fernsby |
Taiwan has imposed a ban on live poultry imports from the Netherlands after removing the European country from the list of countries free of the highly pathogenic avian influenza, according to the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ) under the Council of Agriculture.

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In a statement released Friday, the BAPHIQ cited the Netherlands Food, Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) as saying that the authorities in the European country announced Thursday a cull of 35,700 broiler chickens in the eastern town of Altforst after the contagious H5N2 strain of avian flu was detected there.

According to the NVWA, a transportation ban was imposed for eggs, live birds and other farm products within a 10 kilometer radius of the infected farm in Altforst, while animals are also being tested for avian flu in nine other poultry farms within a three kilometer radius of the affected farm.

The BAPHIQ said the ban, which aims to prevent Taiwan from the highly pathogenic H5N2 bird flu, covers live poultry, eggs and fertilizer containing poultry manure as ingredients.

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