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Saudi Arabia bans Belgian poultry, eggs amid bird flu

Belgian health authorities announced a case of bird flu in southern Belgium last week

Saudi Arabia bans Belgian poultry, eggs amid bird flu

Saudi Arabia’s Food and Drug Authority has imposed a temporary ban on importing poultry, meat and eggs from Belgium following news of a bird flu outbreak last week.

The agency said the ban extended to all poultry products and preparations from Belgium following a warning issued by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), according to Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

The OIE’s warning came after Belgian health authorities reported a case of contagious H5N8 bird flu in southern Belgium last week.

They reportedly established a 3 kilometre perimeter around the area where the transport of birds and eggs was forbidden, and announced the measures would stay in place for at least three weeks.