Taipei, Taiwan has removed Japan from its list of countries free of avian influenza and banned the import of poultry products from that country, after an outbreak was confirmed on a farm there, the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ) said Thursday.
In a statement, the bureau said Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forests and Fisheries had culled 330,000 chickens earlier in the day after confirming a subtype of the highly pathogenic avian influenza H5 virus on an egg farm in Kagawa Province.
To prevent the virus from spreading to Taiwan, the BAPHIQ said, it was banning the importation of live poultry from Japan, as well as eggs, and fertilizer containing chicken manure.
Taiwan already has a prohibition on poultry meat imports from Japan, which means that the new ban is effectively comprehensive.
According to BAPHIQ statistics, since 2018 Taiwan has imported 266 tonnes of eggs from Japan, as well as 816 live birds, and 2,925 tonnes of fertilizer that contained chicken manure.
The bureau said it was closely monitoring reports of avian flu outbreaks overseas, including recent reports of the virus on farms in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
The H5N8 strain of the virus has also been detected recently in wild bird populations in South Korea and Japan, according to the BAPHIQ.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel