S. Africa suspends poultry exports to EU
South Africa will temporarily stop the export of
inactive commodities, including pork, chicken, lamb and milk to the EU, says the
Department of Agriculture.
At a meeting, the Department's Director General Masiphula Mbongwa and EU
Director General of Health and Consumer Protection, Robert Medalin, agreed on
recommendations made earlier to halt specific exports.
South Africa will instead concentrate on building the resource base of
those commodities in order to build up substantial quantities for later export.
When South Africa's stock levels are sufficient enough to resume trade, the
country will make an application to activate the export of those
In the meeting, issues regarding bio-security and disaster management were
also discussed. â€œOur discussions were fruitful and hold promising prospects for
a continued healthy trade with the EU,â€ said Mbongwa.
In 2004, ostriches on farms from the Cape tested positive for bird flu.
Consequently, meat from South Africa was banned from entering European markets.
Ostrich and emus meat, as well as eggs, were again banned in mid-2006 following
an outbreak of the H5N2 virus on farms in the Western Cape. In November last
year, the EU accepted South Africa's status being free of Highly Pathogenic
Notifiable Avian Influenza (HPNAI) and the ban was lifted.
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