UAE bans live birds from Mexican district of Acolman

DUBAI, 7th April 2019 (WAM) – Based on a notification from the Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases of the outbreak of a highly contagious strain of bird flu (H5N8) in the Mexican district of Acolman, the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE), today announced that it has taken the following precautionary measures: Banned the import of all species of domestic and wild live birds, ornamental birds, chicks, hatching and table eggs, poultry meat, and their non-heat-treated by-products and waste from Mexico, until the outbreak is brought under control.

Banned the import of non-thermally-treated poultry products (meat and eggs) from the affected Acolman district in Mexico.

However, thermally-treated poultry products (meat and eggs) have been cleared for import from Mexico.

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 district of Acolman in Mexico 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 is carefully scrutinizing documentation accompanying consignments (certificate of origin, health certificate and halal certifications, among others) of food products shipped into the country. The Ministry is also conducting sensory detection to ensure that the quality of the products – as per their identification cards – 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.

WAM/Hassan Bashir

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