Taiwan and Hong Kong bans on poultry imports

Taiwanese health officials have announced their decision to ban the import of poultry products from Lithuania.

According to BAPHIQ, the import of live birds and fertilized eggs from Lithuania to Taiwan will be banned until further notice.

Commentators believe the bans will not affect the country’s poultry industry.

The bans came after the World Organization for Animal Health announced the outbreak of the H5N8 bird flu outbreak at a poultry farm in Kaunas, Lithuania, on January 8 this year.

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Meanwhile, the Hong Kong Food Safety Authority (CFS) has imposed a ban on imports of poultry products from countries such as Japan and France to prevent the immediate impact of pathogens on the general health of its citizens.

The agency said the bans were in line with announcements by the World Organization for Animal Health and they had contacted Japanese and French officials and would monitor the situation closely.

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