Dubai: The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) has banned the importation of birds and their by-products from areas that experienced an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in November this year, in accordance with notifications from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).
The ministry issued four resolutions on Saturday to implement the decision. Three of the resolutions prohibit the importation of all species of live domestic and wild birds, ornamental birds, chicks, hatching eggs and their non-heat-treated by-products from the Netherlands, from Germany and parts of Russia.
At the same time, the fourth resolution bans the importation of poultry meat and table eggs from various parts of the UK. The resolutions align with the ministry’s priority of ensuring food safety and security.
Import from Germany
The ministry also banned the importation of all species of live domestic and wild birds, ornamental birds, chicks and their non-heat-treated by-products from Germany until the country be declared free from disease. However, the ministry allows the import of hatching eggs subject to the provision of the agreed health certificate and continues to clear heat-treated poultry products (meat and eggs) from all regions of Germany for importation.
Finally, the ban was also imposed on the importation of all species of live domestic and wild birds, ornamental birds and their non-heat-treated by-products from the Russian regions of Yugra, l Chelyabinsk Oblast, Republic of Tatarstan, Samara Oblast and Tomsk Oblast. However, table eggs, poultry meat and their by-products as well as hatching eggs and day-old chicks were allowed for import subject to the provision of the agreed health certificates.