The Chinese government has banned imports of poultry and related products from France over the avian influenza virus that is spreading among duck flocks.
The ban was disclosed in a joint statement issued on Wednesday by the General Administration of Customs and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs in Beijing.
It stated that, from January 5, it was forbidden to send or bring French poultry and related products to China, and that any such items would be returned or destroyed.
However, it called on Chinese customs and animal disease prevention and control agencies to step up guard against such imports.
Meanwhile, France has taken measures to cull around 600,000 poultry to stem the tide, adding that it slaughtered around 200,000 poultry.