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Taiwan boosts avian flu checks amid regional outbreaks

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Release time:2023/12/12 17:54
Last update time:2023/12/12 17:54
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Taiwan boosts avian flu checks amid regional outbreaks (TVBS News) Taiwan boosts avian flu checks amid regional outbreaks
Taiwan boosts avian flu checks amid regional outbreaks (TVBS News)

TAIPEI (TVBS News) — Acting Minister of Agriculture Chen Junne-jih announced on Tuesday (Dec. 12) the implementation of a specialized avian influenza prevention program since September. The program includes increased disease monitoring through more frequent testing.

Chen's remarks were made during an interview at the 2023 Third National Agricultural Science Award Ceremony. His statements follow recent avian influenza outbreaks in Japan and cases at chicken farms in Yunlin County, raising concerns about potential egg price hikes and shortages.

 

Chen noted that while the peak season for avian influenza is not yet forecasted, the situation may worsen with expected lower temperatures next week.

Since September, Taiwan has been actively and passively surveilling avian influenza, including environmental monitoring in high-risk areas near migratory bird paths and biosecurity measures at poultry farms.

Taking lessons from an egg shortage earlier this year, Chen assured that the country's egg production capacity has recovered, and there are reserves of liquid eggs for emergencies.
 

In anticipation of potential increased market demand, Chen emphasized the prioritization of domestic egg reserves release, with the consideration of importing liquid eggs only in case of severe supply shortages due to an outbreak.

Chen underscored the importance of maintaining appropriate stock levels through the imported egg project to ensure a stable egg supply amid uncertainties posed by avian influenza outbreaks. 

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#avian influenza# egg price hikes# poultry farms# avian influenza outbreaks# egg shortage# liquid eggs# stable egg supply# specialized avian influenza prevention program# avian influenza testing frequency# avian influenza outbreaks in Japan

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