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· China suspends poultry imports from France due to bird flu
· France to cull 600,000 poultry to stem bird flu
China suspends poultry imports from France due to bird flu
Reporting by Min Zhang and Tom Daly, Reuters
January 6, 2021
(Reuters) - China has stopped poultry imports from France due to highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu from Jan. 5 to protect the country’s animal husbandry sector, the General Administration of Customs said on Wednesday.
China banned poultry imports from Ireland in December.
France to cull 600,000 poultry to stem bird flu
o France is among reported highly contagious strains of bird flu last year
o France has slaughtered around 200,000 poultry and plans to cull a further 400,000 birds
o The H5N8 strain of bird flu is not known to be transmissible to humans
via GeoTV - Jan 06 2021
PARIS: France is to cull around 600,000 poultry birds as it tries to contain an avian influenza virus that is spreading among duck flocks in the southwest of the country, the farm ministry said on Tuesday.
France is among European countries to have reported highly contagious strains of bird flu late last year, leading to mass culls as authorities try to limit transmission from wild birds to farm flocks.
France has already slaughtered around 200,000 poultry and plans to cull a further 400,000 birds, a farm ministry official said.
The culls include flocks where outbreaks occurred, as well as preventive slaughtering of birds in surrounding areas.
As of Jan. 1, France had confirmed 61 outbreaks of the H5N8 virus, of which 48 were in the southwestern Landes region, the farm ministry said in an earlier website update...