Bird flu has been detected at a French farm

Bird flu has been detected at a French farm

South Korea's ministry of agriculture has announced a temporary ban on the import of French poultry, following the discovery of bird flu on a farm in the south west of the country.

A notice on the ministry's website has advised a block on poultry meat, live animals and eggs.

Last week, France confirmed a case of avian influenza in a backyard in Dordogne, its first in five years. The strain was revealed to be the highly pathogenic H5N1. France has marked quarantine zones of within 3km and 10km of the affected farm.

France's minister of agriculture, food and forestry, Stephane Le Foll, said the country's goverment is working to "ensure the application immediate measures of protection and management against avian influenza".

"The speed of the implementation of management measures is a prerequisite to limit the spread and consequences of disease, especially for export. Furthermore, it should be recalled that avian influenza is not transmissible to humans through the consumption of meat, eggs, foie gras and more generally any food product," said Le Foll.