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US implements import restrictions on Australian poultry


The US has initiated import restrictions on certain poultry products originating from Victoria, Australia, after the detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza. Effective from May 22, these restrictions will remain in place until further notice, as announced by the Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

Imported unprocessed avian products and byproducts from or transiting through Victoria are now prohibited from entering the United States. Additionally, imports of poultry, commercial birds, ratites, and hatching eggs have been halted. However, exceptions are made for pet and zoo birds, subject to a 30-day quarantine period.

Recent reports of avian influenza cases in Australia, including its first human case and outbreaks on egg farms, have raised concerns globally. The US, experiencing previous instances of bird flu, is taking proactive measures to prevent its spread. Although the risk to the public is deemed low, precautions are being taken to safeguard public health.

Colombia's decision to restrict beef imports from affected US states in April highlights the broader economic implications of avian influenza. Despite Victoria, Australia, having experienced previous outbreaks, the Australian government has successfully contained and eliminated them in the past.

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