News update:Sep 14, 2006

Processed chicken from India may re-enter Bhutan

Bhutan had imposed an indefinite ban on the import of poultry and related products in February following the outbreak of H5N1 virus in poultry in India's Maharashtra state.

Last month, the Indian government officially declared the country as 'bird-flu free' based on the report of the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory (HSADL) .

Nearly seven months after banning the import of poultry products following an outbreak of bird flu in India, Bhutanese officials are making arrangements to allow "restricted" processed chicken from the country. However, a total ban on the import of eggs and layers would prevail until a study was completed for suitable arrangements.

Pasang Tshering of the National Center for Animal Health said it would not be possible to control the import of eggs if the ban was lifted partially.

Editor WorldPoultry

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