AVA halts imports of poultry from parts of the US

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Singapore’s Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) has suspended shipment of chickens, eggs and other poultry products from parts of the United States, a day after the news of an avian flu outbreak in the state of Tennessee was reported.

Products from parts of the states of Tennessee and Wisconsin were affected.

Processed products such as canned chicken and pasteurised eggs were exempt from the suspension, as they are heat-treated for safety before export.

Singaporeans should have little to worry about, however – the AVA says products from affected parts of the US make up a very small amount of the supply of processed chicken here.

Other Asian nations including Japan and South Korea have also placed restrictions on US-origin poultry products because of the Tennessee outbreak. Some 73,500 birds there were culled once the highly pathogenic H7 avian influenza (HPAI) was discovered, in order to prevent the spread of the virus.