UAE bans import of live birds from Bulgaria after outbreak

UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment takes action after outbreak of highly contagious strain of bird flu in Plovdiv
UAE bans import of live birds from Bulgaria after outbreak
The measures imposed by the UAE include banning the import of all species of domestic and wild live birds from Bulgaria.
By Sam Bridge
Wed 10 Oct 2018 02:00 PM

The UAE has banned the import of all species of domestic and wild live birds from the Bulgaria following an outbreak of a highly contagious strain of bird flu in Plovdiv.

Based on a notification from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) of the outbreak, the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MoCCAE) on Wednesday announced that it has taken a number of precautionary measures.

These include banning the import of all species of domestic and wild live birds, ornamental birds, chicks, hatching eggs and their non-heat-treated waste from Bulgaria; and banning the import of poultry meat and non-heat-treated by-products and table eggs from Plovdiv.

Sheikh Dr Majid Sultan Al Qassimi, director of Animal Health and Development Department at MOCCAE, said: "Through taking immediate precautionary measures to curb any strains of the bird flu virus that has affected the Bulgarian city of Plovdiv 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 scrutinising documentation accompanying consignments of food products shipped into the country. Samples of food products from shipments are transferred to laboratories for the necessary tests to ensure they are safe and fit to enter the country.

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