Gulf News,Thursday Aug 9, 2018
| Zul Qaadah 27, 1439
bans import of birds from East Malaysia
Dubai: Live birds and non-heat-treated
bird products from East Malaysia have been banned in the United Arab Emirates
following an outbreak of the HSN1 bird flu on a farm, said the UAE Ministry of
Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) on Thursday.
The move falls after a notification from the
World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) on August 6 of the outbreak of the
highly contagious strain of bird flu.
The ministry said it has “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 (the
states of Sabah and Sarawak).”
The ministry said it has also banned “import of
poultry meat and non-heat-treated by-products and table eggs from the state of
However, thermally-treated poultry products
(meat and eggs) have been cleared for import from all parts of Malaysia.
Shaikh Dr Majid Sultan Al Qasimi, 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
MOCCAE is carefully scrutinising 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.