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Japan bans S Korean poultry imports over bird flu

Written by: Staff

TOKYO, Nov 24 (Reuters) Japan has suspended poultry imports from South Korea from yesterday after a suspected case of bird flu was found at a poultry farm in the southwest of the country, a Japanese Agriculture Ministry official said today.

Japan as a rule halts poultry imports from countries where there has been an actual or reported outbreak of bird flu.

Japan imported a total of 1,500 tonnes of fresh and processed poultry and duck meat from South Korea last year, which is about 0.2 per cent of Japan's total global imports, the official said.

Yesterday, South Korea's farm ministry said it had discovered a suspected case of bird flu at the poultry farm, which could be the country's first outbreak in about three years.

A South Korean ministry official said about 6,000 chickens at a farm in North Cholla province had died this week. The remaining 6,000 or so poultry at the farm would now be culled.

Reuters SBA VP0745

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