Taiwan Bans Imports of Live Poultry from Netherlands over Bird Flu



Wu Hsin-yun & Frances Huang | Focus Taiwan CNA English News

Taipei, Oct. 31 (CNA) Taiwan has imposed a ban on live poultry imports from the Netherlands after removing the European country from the list of countries free of the highly pathogenic avian influenza, according to the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ) under the Council of Agriculture.

In a statement released Friday, the BAPHIQ cited the Netherlands Food, Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) as saying that the authorities in the European country announced Thursday a cull of 35,700 broiler chickens in the eastern town of Altforst after the contagious H5N2 strain of avian flu was detected there.

According to the NVWA, a transportation ban was imposed for eggs, live birds and other farm products within a 10-kilometer radius of the infected farm in Altforst, while animals are also being tested for avian flu in nine other poultry farms within a three-kilometer radius of the affected farm.

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