Vietnam halts poultry imports from avian flu hit US
has suspended the imports of poultry and poultry products from the US states
of Tennessee and Wisconsin which have been affected by avian flu.
The Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) issued a
decision to halt the imports from March 10, saying that these two US states
were facing a strain of low pathogenic H5N2 and the high-pathogenicity H7
avian influenza virus.
Vietnam halts poultry imports from avian flu hit
MARD has instructed the Veterinary Department to tighten
control over the poultry batches imported before March 10 from these states
but have not yet been heat treated to eliminate the aviation flu.
Earlier, the US Department of Agriculture said on Sunday that a farm in
southern Tennessee that is a supplier to Tyson Foods had been infected with
avian flu. Up to 73,500 birds were killed by the disease, while the remainder
has since been suffocated with foam to prevent its spread.
The outbreak raised concerns among chicken companies because the infected
farm is located near the biggest-producing states for chicken meat, including
Georgia and Alabama.
US trading partners, including South Korea and Japan, earlier restricted
shipments of US poultry because of the infection in Tennessee.