STC Number - 234

Suspension of importation of live poultry and poultry carcasses

Maintained by: Thailand
Raised by: Mexico
Supported by:
First date raised: October 2005 G/SPS/R/39, paras. 88-89
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: Raised orally
Products covered: 0105 Live poultry, that is to say, fowls of the species Gallus domesticus, ducks, geese, turkeys and guinea fowls.; 0207 Meat and edible offal, of the poultry of heading 01.05, fresh, chilled or frozen.
Primary subject keyword: Animal Health
Keywords: Animal health; Human health; International Standards / Harmonization; Zoonoses
Status: Not reported
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In February 2006, Mexico requested Thailand to conclude the emergency measures which had led to the temporary suspension of imports of live poultry and poultry carcasses from the Mexican state of Durango. The strain of avian influenza (AI) detected in the Mexican poultry products (H5N2) was low pathogenic. In accordance with the OIE, prior to implementing such measures, Thailand should have demonstrated that it was free of the low pathogenic strain at issue and that it had put in place a monitoring programmes able to detect this subtype despite the absence of clinical symptoms. Mexico's programme for AI control and eradication, which had been in force for ten years, ensured the eradication of all subtypes of AI. The state of Durango had complied with all the OIE requirements to regain a disease-free status in the case of a low pathogenic AI infection and was AI-free for all subtypes. Thailand should therefore remove its temporary restrictions.
Thailand indicated that it had adopted a precautionary approach since the AI outbreaks over the last two years. Active surveillance had been put in place to control and eradicate the disease. Areas at risk had been scanned and movements of poultry and poultry products within the country were under control. Thailand had temporarily banned some Mexican poultry exports from the infected state only.