Fearing Influenza, French Polynesia Bans French Poultry

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

French Polynesia currently free of avian influenza

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, December 12, 2015) – French Polynesia's government has suspended all imports of chilled and frozen poultry meat and other poultry-based products from France.

The move is in response to an outbreak of at least three strains of highly pathonogenic avian influenzas in chicken populations across France.

In a statement, the government says the suspension is necessary because French Polynesia is currently free from avian influenza, and an outbreak would be catastrophic for the local poultry industry.

It says all poultry products from France that have not been subjected to heat treatment will be stopped at the border.

 

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