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China to ban Man. poultry over low-level bird flu

Beijing (Reuters) — China has banned poultry and poultry product imports from Manitoba after an outbreak of bird flu there, the country’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said in a statement published Thursday.

A low-pathogenic H5N2 bird flu outbreak was identified on a turkey breeding farm in Manitoba, the statement said, citing reports from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

The statement was jointly issued with China’s Ministry of Agriculture and was published on the administration’s web site.

In a separate announcement, China said it had lifted a ban on poultry and poultry product imports from Greece. A ban was imposed on those products in 2005 due to a bird flu outbreak there.

Greece reported to the OIE that it had eliminated bird flu, and China lifted the ban after its own risk analysis, the two government departments said in a joint statement, also issued Thursday.

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