Russia bans Finnish/Swedish poultry after disease outbreak

July 28, 2004, as reported by just-food.com: An outbreak of Newcastle Disease in Finland and Sweden has prompted Russian officials to ban poultry originating from the affected areas.

The country’s agriculture ministry announced a temporary halt on imports of live birds, hatching eggs, poultry meat and all poultry products that have not been heat-treated from Ostergotland, Sweden and Western Finland, reported Reuters.

Russia said it will also maintain its restrictions on poultry imports from Sweden’s Dalarna region which have been in place since November.