UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment announces ban following case of H5N1 bird flu on a farm
The UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) on Thursday announced that it has temporarily banned the import of all species of domestic and wild live birds from East Malaysia.
The action has been taken based on a notification on August 6 from the World Organisation for Animal Health of the outbreak of a highly contagious strain of H5N1 bird flu on a farm in the states of Sabah and Sarawak.
Despite the ban, thermally-treated poultry products (meat and eggs) have been cleared for import from all parts of Malaysia, the ministry said in a statement.
Sheikh Dr Majid Sultan Al Qassimi, Assistant Undersecretary for the Food Diversity Sector at MOCCAE, said: “Through taking immediate precautionary measures to curb any strains of the bird flu virus that has affected East Malaysia from reaching the UAE, MOCCAE hopes to ensure bio-security levels and prevent the spread of pathogens in the country.
"We are confident such efforts will mitigate the impact of the bird flu on the UAE’s poultry health and safety, in addition to protecting public health and well-being.”
MOCCAE said it is carefully scrutinizing documentation accompanying consignments of food products shipped into the country.
The ministry is also conducting sensory detection to ensure that the quality of the products - as per their identification cards - complies with the UAE’s stringent standards.
Samples of food products from shipments are being transferred to laboratories for the necessary tests to ensure they are safe and fit to enter the country.