Bird flu: Russia bans British poultry imports

February 5, 2007 16:14


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Russia has banned imports of poultry products from Britain after the H5N1 strain of bird flu was found on a farm owned by Europe's largest turkey producer, officials said Monday. The ban, which will take effect Tuesday applied to deliveries of live birds, eggs and bird meat as well as poultry feed and equipment for breeding, butchering and dressing, Russia's veterinary watchdog, Rosselkhoznadzor, said in a statement. The ban came after about 2,500 turkeys died of the virus on a farm owned by Bernard Matthews PLC in Suffolk county, about 210 kilometers northeast of London. It was the first time H5N1 has been found on a British farm.

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