|March 23, 2004,
just-food.com: The European Union will extend
its ban on U.S. poultry until April 23. The EU’s
Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health
today approved a European Commission proposal to prolong
the ban on imports of live poultry, poultry meat and products,
eggs and pet birds from the USA. These import restrictions
were imposed after the confirmation of a highly pathogenic
avian influenza outbreak in Texas in February.
“The current disease situation and available
information do for the moment not allow a reduction
of the protective measures to a confined area,”
the Commission said.
The Commission said the situation will be reviewed
at the next meeting of the committee, scheduled for
30 March. At this meeting the bird flu situation in
Canada will also be reviewed.