Asian poultry not welcome in Europe for another 5 months
July 27, 2004, as reported by 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.