Vietnam suspends US poultry import to contain bird flu
Bags of frozen meat (Source: VNA)
Vietnam has suspended the imports of poultry and poultry products from the US
states of Wisconsin and Tennessee which have been affected by a strain of low
pathogenic H5N2 and the high-pathogenic H7 avian influenza virus.
The Ministry of Agriculture
and Rural Development (MARD) issued a decision to temporarily halt the imports
on March 10, asking the Veterinary Department to tighten control over the
poultry batches imported from these states which have not yet been heat treated
before March 10.
The department was requested to send an official notice of the decision to the
US’s authorized agencies.
It will also be responsible
for verifying whether the US can control the avian influenza viruses in line with
regulations of the World Health Organisation, and then reporting this to the