EU accepts poultry from Chinese state
It has been reported that the EU has now eased a 4-year
ban on Chinese poultry, which was originally imposed due to bird flu
The lifting of the ban on 5 August applies just to China's Shandong
province. However, this is reportedly China's largest producer of poultry meat -
10% of China's total poultry meat produced came from Shandong in 2006.
The European Commission's decision, which covers â€œmeat products consisting
of, or containing meat of poultryâ€, is the first "watering down" of a ban
applied in February 2004 to protect Europeans from AI.
EU authorities are now said to be satisfied that the several thousand
poultry producers in Shandong are treating poultry meat at the heat required to
ensure the virus does not spread.
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