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DUBAI – Following an outbreak of the highly contagious H5 bird flu virus in Bulgaria, the UAE has put a temporary ban on eggs, chicken meat and products from the country.
On Monday, the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) announced that it has imposed the ban as a precautionary measure.
The temporary ban covers the import of all species of domestic and wild live birds, ornamental birds, chicks, hatching eggs and their non-heat-treated by-products from Bulgaria.
The ministry also banned the import of poultry meat and non-heat-treated products and table eggs from the region of Dobric, Bulgaria.
“These measures reiterate the Ministry’s keenness in achieving its strategic objectives including enhancing biosecurity levels and eliminating pathogens before they enter the country. In doing so, the Ministry prevents bird flu and related risks and their impacts on the country’s poultry health and safety, in addition to protecting public health and well-being,” said Dr. Majid Bin Sultan Al Qassimi, Acting Assistant Undersecretary for Food Diversity Sector and Director of Animal Development and Health Department at MOCCAE.
MOCCAE said it is carefully scrutinising documentation accompanying imports of food products shipped into the UAE.
The ministry is also conducting sensory detection to ensure that the quality of the products complies with the UAE’s stringent standards.
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, according to MOCCAE. DAJ/Expat Media
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