Asian markets block Canadian poultry over bird flu

Reuters — Canada’s detection of avian influenza on two British Columbia farms has resulted in trade restrictions from several Asian markets, a government spokesman said Wednesday.

South Korea has banned imports of Canadian chicks; Hong Kong and Taiwan have imposed trade restrictions on British Columbia poultry and poultry products; and Japan has imposed trade restrictions on British Columbia chicks as well as all Canadian poultry products, said Patrick Girard, spokesman for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in an email to Reuters.

— Reporting for Reuters by Rod Nickel in Winnipeg.

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