Taiwan and Hong Kong ban Dutch poultry imports
Taiwan and Hong Kong have banned all poultry imports from the
Netherlands after a mild strain of bird flu was found on a farm there.
Taiwan imports chicks from the Netherlands for breeding and genetic
modification but does not import frozen poultry. Hong Kong imported 7,000 tonnes
of frozen poultry from the Netherlands last year.
The Dutch agriculture ministry said Tuesday it had detected traces of the
mildly pathogenic H7 strain of bird
flu on a farm in the central Netherlands. The discovery
was made when mandatory routine testing was undertaken.
Tests are being carried out to determine the potential danger of the strain.
The Netherlands is a world top poultry exporter and Europe's second biggest
producer after France.
The country was hit by the H7N7 avian flu strain in 2003, leading to the
culling of around 30 million birds, about a third of the Dutch poultry
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