The UAE has banned poultry meat from the Saudi capital of Riyadh after being notified of an outbreak of highly contagious bird flu in the city's Azizia market, the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) announced on Sunday.
In a statement, MOCCAE noted that the precautions include a ban on the import of any kind of domestic and wild live bird, as well as hatching eggs and non-heat-treated wastes from across Saudi Arabia, as well as a ban on the import of poultry meat, non-heat treated products and table eggs from the Riyadh area.
The ministry added that the entry of consignments of untreated products from affected provinces that were shipped before December 1 are permitted, provided that they are verified by an accompanying certficate. Thermally treated poultry products - meat and eggs - are cleared for import from Saudi Arabia, the ministry added.
Strains of bird flu have hit poultry flocks in several countries in recent years, with some types of the disease also causing human infections and deaths. Earlier this year, Saudi authorities imposed restrictions on poultry imports from countries such as Bulgeria to prevent the spread of the disease.
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