Ministry of Agriculture bans poultry from bird flu infected areas

DUBAI - The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has banned import of all poultry, live birds and eggs from Japan, South Korea, China (Hong Kong), Thailand and Taiwan, following the emergence of highly pathogenic bird flu reported recently.

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Published: Mon 26 Jan 2004, 12:08 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 2:29 AM

Saeed Al Raghabani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, issued on Sunday a decree to this effect, as a precautionary measure to protect human health and hygiene conditions of human and livestocks in the UAE. Although, there is no major trade of poultry between the UAE and the aforesaid countries, a ministry official pointed out that even live birds brought into the country by passengers would be barred from entering the UAE until the ban is lifted.

The ban has come into effect following a report issued from the Organisation of International Epizootics (OIE) in Paris stating the emergence of a couple of cases of avian flu in Thailand. The minister has urged all the heads of the Animal Husbandry Department at the Ministry to coordinate with the bodies concerned within the UAE to put the present resolution into force.

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