|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.