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Agricultural organisations urge EU measures concerning Brazilian bird flu threat

The Hungarian Chamber of Agriculture and the Poultry Product Council have urged the European Union's immediate intervention concerning poultry imports from bird-flu affected Brazil.

In a joint statement sent to MTI on Monday, the two organisations noted that Brazil, the world’s largest poultry exporter, sells poultry products in Europe by the hundreds of thousands of tonnes annually. They added that the situation in Brazil was worrying and called for EU measures, saying that even “a single batch of meet could pose huge risk for European producers”.

They also noted that Japan had immediately ordered a ban on Brazilian imports following reports of an avian flu case detected at a local farm in Brazil in late June. According to the Brazilian government, 50 samples – all collected from wild birds across the country — have tested positive for the deadly virus, they said in the statement.

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