China bans poultry, product imports from Manitoba

Thu Dec 16, 2010 3:03am EST
 
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BEIJING (Reuters) - China banned poultry and poultry product imports from a province in Canada after an outbreak of bird flu there, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said in a statement published on Thursday.

A low-pathogenic H5N2 bird flu outbreak was identified on a turkey farm in the Province of Manitoba, the statement said, citing the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

The statement was jointly issued with the Ministry of Agriculture and was published on the administration's web site.

In a separate announcement, China said it had lifted a ban on poultry and poultry product imports from Greece. A ban was imposed on those products in 2005 due to a bird flu outbreak there.

Greece reported to the OIE that it had eliminated bird flu, and China lifted the ban after its own risk analysis, the two government departments said in a joint statement, also issued on Thursday.

(Reporting by Zheng Xiaolu and Tom Miles; Editing by Ken Wills)