March 10, 2004,
just-food.com: Shortly after the U.S. announced
another outbreak of the bird flu, this time in Maryland,
Russia announced it was expanding its poultry ban.
The Russian ban on US poultry imports will now also
include most poultry and poultry products from Maryland.
The Russian agriculture ministry said the ban includes
live birds, hatching eggs, poultry meat and all poultry
products that have not undergone heat treatment, as
well as poultry feed, reported Reuters.
Russia has already placed similar bans on poultry from
Texas and Delaware after bird flu outbreaks.
Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev has said Russia
could consider banning all imports of US poultry if
the outbreaks are not contained.
Maryland was forced to slaughter 328,000 birds as a
result of the outbreak.
While a new outbreak in Maryland raised additional
fears for Russians, Mexican officials felt the Texas
outbreak was under sufficient control and some imports
could again be allowed.
Mexico has said it has partially lifted its ban on imports
of US poultry that was put in place after an outbreak
of a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu in the US
state of Texas.
Although a ban remains in place on all poultry from
states where bird flu has been detected, Mexico is now
allowing imports of mechanically deboned chicken and
turkey parts and deboned turkey thigh meat, according
to the Mexican agriculture department, reported the
In late February, Mexico announced it was extending
its poultry ban to include imports of all live birds,
eggs and poultry products from across the US, with the
exception of some cooked products.
Recent outbreaks of bird flu in the US have led to
restrictions on the country’s poultry exports.
South Korea has banned imports of all US poultry, while
the EU has banned imports of live chicks and eggs from