China bans imports of ruminants animals from Iraq

The ban is due to the presence of bluetongue disease
calendar icon 31 January 2024
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China has banned the direct and indirect import of ruminants and its related products from Iraq due to an outbreak of bluetongue disease, Reuters reported, citing the General Administration of Customs.

The move follows a report from Iraq to the World Organisation for Animal Health after the disease was discovered in sheep, Chinese customs said in an announcement dated Jan. 26.

China has also banned such imports from Belgium and the Netherlands after an outbreak of the virus that causes fever and mouth ulcers and in some cases turns an animal's tongue blue. The disease can be highly dangerous to sheep and cows.

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