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Outbreaks of HPAI to Impact Poultry Exports from Poland


According to USDA-FAS GAIN Report PL2021-0029 released on November 8th, nations that previously banned poultry meat and eggs from Poland will continue discriminating against product from the nation despite the September 25th declaration that the nation was free of avian influenza. Poland will now loose their current avian influenza-free status following confirmation of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza in two farms collectively housing 140,000 turkeys in the village of Strusy in Mazowieckie Province,


Poland recorded 360 outbreaks of HPAI between November 2020 and August 2021 mostly in free-living birds followed by consequential involvement of free-ranging backyard flocks. Inevitably commercial farms have now been exposed.  These outbreaks have resulted in importing nations including South Africa, China, South Korea and United Arab Emirates banning poultry products originating from Poland.  Many nations have however imposed embargos only on affected regions consistent with EU policy.


In 2020 Poland exported poultry meat valued at $3.2 billion destined to Germany ($624 million), the United Kingdom ($582 million), France ($354 million) and the Netherlands ($208 million). Despite bans due to avian influenza, the value of poultry exports from January through August 2021 attained $2.4 billion, an approximately 17 percent increase over the corresponding eight months in 2020.

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