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Thailand urges Japan to lift ban on poultry imports

Thailand's Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives has urged his Japanese counterpart to consider lifting Japan's suspension of Thai fresh chicken import as Thailand has been free from bird flu for more than a year.

Thai minister Theera Wongsamut met Hirotaka Akamatsu, Japan’s Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, to explain that Thailand has remained free of avian influenza virus since 11 February, 2009, reports the Business Day.
He asked Japan to consider resuming Thai poultry imports after it banned fresh chicken products since 2004.

The Japanese Minister said he would send officials to Thailand to inspect disease control standards and the country’s absence of bird flu. Afterward Japan might permit the resumption of Thai poultry imports.

According to the Department of the Disease Control, Thailand reported 25 cases of avian flu with 17 dead during the outbreak between 2004 and 2006.

Source: Business Day

Natalie Berkhout

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