Neigh­bour­ing coun­tries ban im­ports of SA poul­try

The Star Early Edition - - BUSINESS NEWS -

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.

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