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Saudi Arabia suspends French imports over bird flu

Saudi Arabia yesterday suspended the import of poultry, eggs and dairy products from seven French regions, due to a bird flu outbreak. The Saudi Food and Drug Authority said the regions include France s southwestern Dordogne. The director of the French Aviculture Confederation, Christian Marinov, played down the significance of a move which does not cover Brittany or Vendee, the only regions which export and so far free from bird flu.

It s of no consequence as exports are from Brittany and Vendee via the Doux group, which handles 100 percent of exports from France to non-EU states, Marinov said.

Several countries including Japan and China had already banned French poultry imports because of the outbreak.

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