|July 27, 2004,
as reported by just-food.com: A lingering concern
over the health of Asian poultry and fear that imports
will bring the avian flu to East has prompted the European
Union to extend its ban on Asian poultry.
The ban includes poultry products and pet birds. The
countries named in the ban are Cambodia, China, Indonesia,
Japan, Laos, Pakistan, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam.
An existing ban had been due to expire August 15 but
new cases of bird flu have prompted growing concern
The new ban will remain in force until December 15.
Since the beginning of the year the fatal bird flu
virus has posed a major problem for many Asian countries
and led to the cull of millions of chickens and ducks.