Neighbouring countries ban imports of SA poultry
ZIMBABWE, Namibia and Botswana yesterday suspended poultry imports from South Africa with immediate effect following outbreaks of highly contagious H5N8 bird flu.
South Africa has confirmed outbreaks of avian flu, which is often transmitted by wild birds, on at least two farms.
South Africa and Mozambique banned poultry imports from Zimbabwe this month after a bird-flu outbreak there.
Botswana, which imports only 5 percent of its poultry needs, said it would no longer buy poultry meat, processed products and feeds from South Africa.
Zimbabwe imposed a similar ban, while Namibia also halted imports from Belgium, which experienced an outbreak of bird flu earlier this year.
South Africa on Monday ended the sale of live hens throughout the country in a bid to control the outbreak, which was detected on the farm of a commercial broiler breeder last week.