The General Administration of Customs of China has suspended chicken imports from France as of 5th January 2021. France has several cases of avian influenza of the H5N8 strain which is considered highly contagious. The objective of the measure is to protect the country's livestock sector. China had also vetoed Irish chicken references in December.
Until January 1, 61 outbreaks of avian influenza were identified in France, including 48 in the Landes region. In addition, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) reported 50 cases of the disease in Germany on chicken, ducks, geese and quail farms in the Brandenburg and Schenkendöberne Spree-Neibe regions. The OIE has already confirmed an outbreak of avian flu in Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Israel, Ukraine, Czech Republic, South Africa, Romania, Poland, India, Slovakia, Hungary and China.