Italy says Russian ban on poultry is ungrounded
Russia has placed a ban on poultry imports from Italy
to prevent the spread of bird flu after an outbreaks in the EU member
state. Italy says the ban impact was negligible.
This ban covers Italian imports of live poultry, eggs and all poultry
products, as well as used equipment for keeping, slaughtering and processing
According to Italian Agriculture minister Paolo De Castro, Russia's ban on
poultry imports from Italy is ungrounded. "Our poultry control is one of the
strictest in Europe, and poultry deliveries to the domestic and foreign markets
come exclusively from healthy birds," said the minister.
An outbreak of low pathogenic bird flu strain H5N2 and antibodies to the H7
strain had been detected in northern Italy, near Ravenna, earlier this month
during regular bird flu checks on farms.
All affected birds (10,000-12,000 ducks and geese on an industrial
farm and about 200 chicken and guinea-fowls on a small farm) have been culled
and bird movements' monitoring had been tightened in 10-km areas around the
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