Ukraine has announced The European Commission has temporarily banned its exports of poultry products from entering the EU after a case of bird flu in the country.

The State Service of Ukraine on Food Safety and Consumer Protection said Brussels has suspended imports of the country’s poultry meat and thermally processed poultry products. However, eggs and egg products are not subject to the restrictions.

The case of bird flu was recorded in Ukraine’s central Vinnytsia region on 18 January.

“Taking into account the reports of numerous equivalence missions, the results of negotiations and preliminary agreements, the said EU decision is stunningly unexpected for the Ukrainian side,” the Ukraine watchdog said.

just-food has asked the European Commission for comment.

MHP, the Ukraine-based, London-listed poultry processor, has issued a statement to the market to reassure investors. “Avian influenza outbreaks currently do not threaten MHP’s enterprises,” the statement read.

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“In any case, MHP will comply with all the legislative regulations and rules for biological safety and monitor the situation and announcements of the Main Department of the State Service of Ukraine on Food Safety and Consumer Protection in Vinnytsia Region.

“It is important to mention that MHP being a leading Ukrainian poultry producer employs one of the most up-to-date quality and biological safety control systems engaging more than two thousand daily control parameters of the entire production chain and finished products.

We also emphasise that at all MHP Group poultry complexes, health and living condition of birds are constantly checked by State Veterinarian Service and Service of Ukraine on Food Safety and Consumer Protection.”