Iraq Bans Poultry Imports due to Avian Flu

By John Lee.

Iraq has banned the importion of frozen and live poultry products from two dozen countries.

According to a report from Reuters, Baghdad restricted poultry imports from France last month, following a reported outbreak of H5N1 bird flu.

The ban now extends to Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Bhutan, China, Egypt, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Ivory Coast, Kazakhstan, Laos, Libya, Myanmar, Mexico, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Palestine, South Africa, South Korea and Vietnam.

Products affected include "poultry and birds of all kinds ... as well as both types of eggs (table and hatching), feathers and all products that use poultry or their products."

(Sources: Reuters, BasNews)

(Poultry image via Shutterstock)

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