Poultry imports from Germany, the Netherlands and specific areas in the UK and Russia have been banned by the UAE authorities due to an outbreak of the highly pathogenic avian influenza. Three resolutions issued by the UAE’s Ministry of Climate Change and Environment ban the import of all species of domestic and wild live birds, ornamental birds, chicks, hatching eggs and their thermally untreated byproducts from the Netherlands, Germany, and select areas of Russia. Also, the import of poultry meat and table eggs from several regions in the UK has been banned, according to the Gulf Times.
The import ban on poultry from Herefordshire county and Cheshire West and Chester area in the UK followed an outbreak of a highly contagious strain of bird flu that has been circulating around Europe. Also, a ban on imports has been put on birds and their thermally untreated byproducts from the Russian regions of Yugra, Chelyabinsk Oblast, the Republic of Tatarstan, Samara Oblast, and Tomsk Oblast.
To control the spread of the disease, the affected countries culled thousands of chickens. The ministry said it has prohibited the import of all birds and their thermally untreated byproducts from the Netherlands and Germany until the countries are declared disease-free. The ministry said it closely monitors the animal health situation in food import markets and takes immediate precautionary measures when any of them are affected by pathogens.
“Such efforts curb the spread of pathogens in the country and protect animal health and food safety, in addition to safeguarding public health and well-being,” the statement added.