Hungarian and Russian poultry now banned in Moldova

01-02-2007 | | |

The head of Moldova’s state veterinary inspectorate, Grigore Porcescu, said Moldova has halted poultry imports from the Russian region of Krasnodar as well as banning the import of poultry, eggs, and other poultry products from Hungary, following an outbreak of bird flu at a Hungarian farm last month.

Imports from Hungary account for 30% of Moldova’s total poultry imports. Croatia and Serbia banned Hungarian poultry on January 24, and Romania and Bulgaria imposed restrictions on January 29. The EU confirmed on January 29 that the birds died of the H5N1 strain of bird flu, which is potentially deadly for humans. Bulgaria, Romania, and Serbia, all reported cases of bird flu in 2006.