UAE bans poultry imports from Kuwait due to bird flu outbreak
The UAE has banned the import of all birds and poultry from Kuwait after the outbreak of a highly contagious strain of bird flu (H5N8), reports Gulf Business newspaper. At the end of the week, the UAE’s Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) confirmed that the decision was based on a notification from the Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases. 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 Kuwait have been banned until the outbreak is brought under control, the ministry said. However, thermally-treated poultry products (meat and eggs) have been cleared for import from Kuwait.
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 Kuwait from reaching the UAE, we hope 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”. Earlier this year, the UAE also banned the import of poultry, meat and live birds from parts of Russia, following the outbreak of the H5N2 strain of bird flu in the country.