Avian Flu Threat: Iraq Bans Poultry Imports From Nigeria, 23 Other Countries

Middle East nation, Iraq has placed a ban on imports of frozen and live poultry products from Nigeria and 23 other countries.
A statement by the government on Sunday, January 10, said, “The import of poultry and birds of all kinds … as well as both types of eggs (table and hatching), feathers and all products that use poultry or their products … is prohibited.”
The Minister of Agriculture could not be contacted for immediate comment, but a ministry spokesman previously said that the ban on French poultry was because of avian flu.
The other affected countries are Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Bhutan, China, Egypt, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Ivory Coast, Kazakhstan, Laos, Libya, Myanmar, Mexico, Nepal, Niger, North Korea, Palestine, South Africa, South Korea and Vietnam.