Tuesday, Feb 12, 2019 | Jamadi Al Thani 7, 1440
UAE bans import of live birds from Kuwait
The UAE’s Ministry of
Climate Change and Environment (MoCCAE) has banned the importation of all live
birds from Kuwait.
The ministry said all domestic and
wild live birds, ornamental birds, chicks, hatching and table eggs, poultry
meat, and their non-heat-treated by-products and waste are banned from being
imported from Kuwait.
The ministry took the decision
following the outbreak of a highly contagious strain of bird flu (H5N8) in
The announcement was made based on a
notification from the Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases.
However, thermally-treated poultry
products such as meat and eggs have been cleared for import from Kuwait.
"By taking immediate precautionary
measures to curb the strains of the bird flu virus affecting Kuwait from
reaching the UAE, said Sheikh Majid Sultan Al Qassimi, director of Animal Health
and Development Department at MoCCAE.
“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."
The ministry said it is carefully
scrutinising documentation accompanying consignments, such as a 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 the quality of the products as per their
identification cards complies with the UAE’s stringent standards. The 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, he added.