2020.01.24 09:51

EU ban on Ukrainian poultry will not affect Lithuania – official

BNS2020.01.24 09:51

The European Commission's ban on importing Ukrainian poultry will have no major effects in Lithuania, a food control official said on Thursday.

“Lithuania imports essentially no fresh poultry meat or poultry products from Ukraine directly through its border veterinary posts,” Daiva Visockienė of the Border Food and Veterinary Control Department at the Lithuanian State Food and Veterinary Service told BNS.

Lithuania only imports small quantities of Ukrainian poultry via other countries, she added.

Lithuania imported 27 batches from Ukraine in 2018 and 24 in 2019. These imports totaled around 400-500 tons per year, according to Visockienė.

Ukraine reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic bird flu in the southwestern region of Vinnitsa last week.

The H5N8 virus has been spreading in Poland in recent weeks, and outbreaks have also been reported in poultry farms in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania. Wild birds infected with the disease have been found in Poland and Germany.

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