Brussels, 13 October 2005
The Commission is taking further action following the confirmation last night of the presence of avian influenza H5 virus in Romania and the results from the EU laboratory this morning indicating that the avian influenza virus in Turkey is H5N1 closely related to a virus detected in a wild bird in central Asia a few months ago. The measures will be discussed at an emergency meeting of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health in Brussels this afternoon.
The Commission is adopting today a decision to ban imports of live birds, poultry meat and other poultry products from Romania following new tests by EU experts, which identified the presence of Avian Influenza. Imports of live birds and feathers from Turkey have been banned since Monday following the finding of Avian Influenza there.
Further actions decided by EU Health and Consumer Protection Commissioner Markos Kyprianou are: