A Japanese official from the Ministry of Agriculture
said that Japan, as a rule, stops importing poultry from countries where there is an actual or potential case of bird flu.
Last year, Japan imported a total of 1,500 tonnes of fresh and processed poultry and duck meat from South Korea (around 0.2 percent of Japan’s total global imports), the official said.
The current outbreak
, if confirmed, would be the country’s first case of bird flu in around three years.
A South Korean ministry official said about 6,000 chickens at a farm in North Cholla province had died this week. The remaining 6,000 or so poultry at the farm would now be culled.