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DUBAI – The UAE has put a temporary ban on imported poultry and poultry products from east Malaysia following the outbreak of a highly contagious strain of bird flu there.
The UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) announced the ban recently after the World Organisation for Animal Health said that the H5N1 bird flu was detected on birds from a farm in East Malaysia.
The UAE has now temporarily banned the import of all species of domestic and wild live birds, ornamental birds, chicks, hatching eggs and their non-heat-treated waste from East Malaysia, in the states of Sabah and Sarawak.
The ban also applies to the import of poultry meat and non-heat-treated by-products and table eggs from the state of Sabah. However, thermally-treated poultry products, such as meat and eggs, have been cleared for import from all parts of Malaysia.
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 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. GAD/Expat Media
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