Temporary ban on import of live poultry from Italy still in effect

Dubai, 17th February, 2015 (WAM) — A temporary ban on import of all kinds of living birds, whether tamed or wild, ornamental birds and their products and offal from the Republic of Italy is still effective and will continue till the epidemic situation regarding the bird flu changes, the Ministry of Environment and Water has affirmed.

The ministry had slapped the ban following a report issued by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), which reported an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain of avian influenza in the country.

The resolution allowed thermally-processed bird meat from Italy to enter the UAE market.

The Ministry said it undertook this move out of its concern for the safety of human and animal health in the UAE against contagious diseases.

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SOURCE: Wam