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.