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Govt bans live pig meat from bird flu-hit nations

by 5m Editor
14 March 2007, at 12:20pm

INDIA - has banned the import of live poultry, pigs and pig meat products from countries with bird flu outbreaks, the government said in a statement yesterday (March 12), but a trade consultant said it would have little impact.

The statement, issued by the trade ministry and which listed other livestock and meat products, did not specify how recent a case of bird flu would need to be for the ban to apply.

Trade officials said India does not import livestock or meat products from any country currently affected by bird flu.

"I do not think this will hamper us much as our imports are not from any bird flu-hit countries," said PG Phalke, consultant with the Livestock Industry Association of India.

He said it was an unwritten rule that nobody imports from countries which report bird flu.

Source: GG2

5m Editor