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US Bans Chickens from British Columbia

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posted on Nov, 22 2005 @ 01:36 PM
after finding a duck with non-lethel bird flu the US has initiated a ban on chickens from BC.
US Bans BC chickens

According to the article the ban is in effect until poultry around the area that this was found in is assessed.

Here is an ATS thread on this particular duck find.
ATS thread

Right now it looks like they are only banning poultry from BC but still importing from the rest of Canada.

posted on Nov, 22 2005 @ 03:39 PM
wanted to update this a bit as I just saw another article on this

article here

U.S. officials need details on a Canadian case of bird flu to decide whether to continue a ban on poultry from British Columbia.

Canadian officials said the case of flu, confirmed Sunday, wasn't the virulent form in Southeast Asia blamed for more than 60 human deaths. Still, the U.S. on Monday banned imports of poultry from mainland British Columbia to prevent the spread of the virus to U.S. flocks.

also from that article

Canada would have preferred that the U.S. take no action since the virus found in the duck is different from the one in Asia.

"That would have been consistent with how we've treated low-path findings in the United States previously," he said. "But again, we're working in an extremely sensitive international environment at this point."

The U.S. bans imports of poultry from any country where the high-pathogenic virus from Asia has been found. Those countries include Cambodia, Romania, China, Russia, Indonesia, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Laos, Vietnam and Malaysia.

Hopefully the US government will be able to scale back the ban when the Canadian government is able to give them the final information they are waiting on.

posted on Nov, 22 2005 @ 06:11 PM
Don't count on them lifting the ban anytime soon. Once such a ban is in effect it will take a lot of proof to get it lifted. Just look at the ban on Canadian Beef. It is a lot better for the US to have a totally internal supply of meat. They can control it better, not having to rely on other country's inspection processes that they can't control. Also it is better for their own markets. It could up the price of the meat products internally and have the farmers get more money for their products. It is just generally better for the American economy to keep non-american products out. It also circumvents any free trade contracts that they sign with other nations because it is a health issue.

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