South Korea bans import of European poultry products

poultryfarm1The strain has never been detected in humans, but an outbreak in South Korea means millions of farm birds have to be slaughtered to contain it. (Image source: Mcf/Flickr)South Korea has banned the import of poultry from the UK and the Netherlands amid reported cases of bird flu in the European countries

Live and dead poultry products were blocked from entering the country from staring this week, the Food and Agriculture Ministry was quoted as saying by Yonhap News Agency.

Dutch authorities had detected the H5N8 strain of bird flu last week in a poultry farm near the city of Gouda, 30 km east of The Hague, according to the its Economy Ministry.

The European Commission said that all 150,000 egg-laying chickens at the farm have been culled, while the Netherlands has imposed a three-day transport ban on live poultry, eggs and other poultry products.

The European Union’s executive was also informed of an outbreak at a duck farm in the British region of Yorkshire, according to commission spokesman Enrico Brivio.

H5N8 can potentially affect humans. EU officials said that the outbreaks may be linked to bird flu recently found in Germany, BBC reported.

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