Azerbaijan May to Ban Import of Poultry from Canada
Azerbaijan, Baku / Trend corr. S.Babayeva / Azerbaijan is ready to impose ban on import of poultry from Canada due to reveal of bird flue virus in the country, Yolchu Khanvali, the press-secretary of the State Veterinary Service at the Azerbaijani Agriculture Ministry, said on 28 September.
Canada officially approved the information about the presence of bird flue in one of the biggest poultry farm Saskatchewan. H7N3 is the identical virus exposed in British Columbia (BC) province in 2004. The virus is not dangerous for the human kind, veterinaries stated. However, some 50,000 chickens were destroyed and all equipments disinfected in the farm.
State Veterinary Service has submitted the inquiry to the International Epizootic Bureau to define the hotbed of the virus.
"Once the virus found in the farm which exports poultry to our country, we will stop importing from Canada," Khanvali said.
Azerbaijan imports poultry mainly from Russia, the US, Turkey, Brazil and Canada.
Meanwhile the bans on import of poultry and forge from Krasnodar, Stavropoulos and the North Caucasian regions of Russia have been under pressure.
The situation with bird flue is stable in Azerbaijan. Eight monitoring groups have been held due to the bird flue.