EU bans imports of Ukrainian poultry due to bird flu

The European Union has banned imports of Ukrainian poultry meat and products from it due to the registered case of bird flu in Kherson region, the press service of the State Service for Food Safety and Consumer Protection reported.

It is also reported that Hong Kong imposed a ban on the supply of Ukrainian eggs.

According to the press service, Ukraine has informed its major trading partners, including the European Commission, on measures taken in the country to prevent further spread of bird flu.

”The EU has received detailed information on measures taken by Ukraine to eliminate the disease and to introduce regionalization in order to restore exports from Ukrainian regions free of bird flu,” the report says.

As UNIAN reported earlier, on November 30, Ukraine reported an outbreak of a highly contagious bird flu virus among backyard birds in households in southern Kherson region for the first time after an eight-year break.

Samples taken by veterinary services from the dead birds in the village of Novo-Oleksandrivka in Kalanchatsky district after an increase in mortality showed a positive result for highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza.

According to Ukraine`s biosecurity service, the total number of poultry kept by all private farms in the said village is about 4,500 birds of various species.

The Ukrainian biosecurity service earlier banned the import of birds from some areas in Germany and Austria in connection with avian flu outbreaks.

The agency also limited imports from some areas in Hungary and Bulgaria in connection with outbreaks of Newcastle disease, which affects birds and is transmissible to humans.

The previous cases of bird flu in Ukraine were registered in 2008. The affected areas were locations in Crimea, where four cases of avian flu were reported.

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