Japan, Czech poultry imports banned

THE GOVERNMENT has imposed a temporary ban on poultry imports from Japan and the Czech Republic amid reports of the outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza.

In separate memoranda posted on its Web site yesterday, the Agriculture department said it imposed a ban on bird and poultry imports, including their products, from these countries following reports from the World Organization for Animal Health (also known by its French acronym OIE) confirming the outbreaks in those countries.

Under the orders, “domestic and wild birds, and their products, including poultry meat, day-old chicks, eggs and semen” are prohibited from entering the country.

Early this month, the OIE reported a case of low-pathogenic bird flu in the city of Toyohashi and another case in a farm in Hodonin Jihomoravsky in the Czech Republic.