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Monday, July 11, 2011

UAE : New import checks in wake of bird flu pandemic

Article from Gulf Today :

" ABU DHABI: Importers of live birds and other poultry products from Asian countries are required to meet a set of new criteria, according to a decision issued in this regard by the UAE minister of environment and water Dr Rashid Ahmad Bin Fahad on Sunday.

With this decision, the environment ministry will implement wider monitoring mechanisms for the import of all live birds, their meat products, hatching eggs and one-day-old chicks from all Asian countries to the UAE.

This is in response to increasing cases of bird flu reported in these countries recently. The UAE has developed a surveillance system to identify infected poultry products and prevent such diseases from spreading in the country in line with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) recommendations.

The Ministry of Environment and Water (MoEW) said in a statement that all such imports should be accompanied by proper documents and a veterinary health certificate endorsed by relevant authorities.

A spokesperson of the MoEW added that the resolution specifies that entry of any type of bird, live or slaughtered, or their products requires obtaining an import permit in advance from the environment ministry."

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