|January 11, 2005, as reported
by just-food.com: The European Commission is lifting its
poultry ban on Bulgaria for all regions except Kardzhali. The EC instated
the ban on December 23 all after an outbreak of Newcastle disease
After receiving further information from the Bulgarian government,
the EC has agreed to their request that import restrictions be regionalized.
“As there is no indication of the disease in the rest of
the country, the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal
Health agreed on a Commission proposal to limit the suspension of
imports to the single district of Kardzhali,” the Commission
The ban on all live poultry including hatching eggs, fresh poultry
meat, game meat and their products from the Karzhali region will
remain in effect until the EC has decided there is no risk of the
Newcastle disease is a contagious disease in poultry that can cause
major losses in the poultry sector but has no impact on human health.