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Moldova Withholds Trade Restrictions Due to H1N1

by 5m Editor
26 June 2009, at 10:18am

MOLDOVA - Moldova withheld restriction on trade in meat products and live animals while unrecognized breakaway Republic of Transdnistria introduced a ban on all products of animal origin from North American and Latin American countries. The USAD's Foreign Agricultural Service reports that both governments reserved the right for further policy changes.

Emergency meeting of the Antiepidemic Committee of the Republic of Moldova adopted a Resolution stipulating public information campaign and increased awareness at the border crossing points as to possible introduction of H1N1 flu into the country. The Resolution does not contain any trade restricting measures. Official information about the meeting was published on the official GOM web site on 4 May 2009. In this public announcement the Deputy Minister of Health Oleg Lozan stated that according to the World Health Organization (WHO) and European Department of Food Products Safety there were no cases of type “A“ flu in the animal population.

The head of the Antiepidemic Committee the Vice-Prime Minister Viktor Stepaniuk called for increased attention to the passengers arriving from the countries were the H1N1 flu was discovered. He also called for another meeting during the week to review the developments.

Unrecognized Republic of Transdnistria

Contrary to the Republic of Moldova, unrecognized breakaway Republic of Transdnistia introduced an import ban on all animal products originated from the USA, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa-Rica, Columbia, Cuba, Nicaragua, Panama, Salvador, Great Britain and Spain. The President of the unrecognized republic signed a Decree "On strengthening control over imports of animals, foodstuffs and raw materials of animal and vegetable origin and control over entry into Transnistria of citizens from the countries with high risk of influenza" on 29 April 2009. The ban covers all products shipped after 21 April 2009 and reserves the right to change the list depending on epidemiological situation. The ban also covers all products brought to the territory of the republic in hand luggage of travelers.

In a follow-up Decree signed on 30 April , the President prescribed the Border Service to facilitate the Ministry of Health in arranging medical check-points as a part of the border cross-points.