India extends import ban on eggs, livestock products

By Ankush Chibber

- Last updated on GMT

The ban relates to countries affected during the bird flu crisis of 2004
The ban relates to countries affected during the bird flu crisis of 2004
The Indian government has refused to lift a ban on the import of eggs and livestock products from countries that reported Avian flu cases in the bird flu crisis of 2004.

According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Agriculture of India, the ban on such products will continue for an unspecified period. The ban was first implemented in 2004 and has been extended every six months since then.

"The government has extended ban on import of specified live animals and livestock products from countries reporting outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza and Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza,"​ a senior ministry official told the official news agency, the Press Trust of India.

The ban, which was most recently renewed on July 19, covers the import of domestic and wild birds, unprocessed meat and meat products, eggs, ducks, turkeys, live pigs are among other livestock products.

The countries affected by this ban include China, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea, and Japan amongst others, a previous ban order has noted.

According to the statement, the Indian government may however allow the import of processed meat products after receiving satisfactory health safety compliance from the said country’s regulators.

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