Iraq widened a ban on live and frozen poultry imports to include Serbia, Finland and Britain on Monday. This reflects government concern over the spread of bird flu. The country imports nearly 50 percent of its annual poultry needs.
Iraq announced a ban on French imports of poultry products in December 2015 and increased it in January and May last year to include two dozen countries.
In 2016 Iraq reported its first outbreak in 10 years of the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus.