Poultry ban updates: Russia expands; Mexico restricts

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 Associated Press.

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 the US.

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