Japan should end its import ban on Thai fresh chicken products because Thailand has not had an H5N1 influenza case in more than a year, Thai Agriculture Minister Theera Wongsamut told his Japanese counterpart, Hirotaka Akamatsu, in a recent meeting.

The Thai News Agency reported that Akamatsu said his country would make a decision after sending inspectors to Thailand to evaluate disease control measures among poultry.

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Japan halted Thai fresh chicken imports in 2004 during an avian influenza outbreak in Thailand that eventually killed 17 people.