Monday 30 November, 2020

New Bird Flu outbreak stops poultry imports from the UK

Chickens on a farm (STOCK)

Chickens on a farm (STOCK)

There is now a temporary ban on poultry and poultry products from the United Kingdom (UK).

The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, through its Veterinary Services Unit, has advised that due to an outbreak of a "highly pathogenic" Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N8 in the UK, the ban has been placed on "the importation of all commercial imports of poultry, hatching eggs and fresh, frozen or chilled poultry products into Barbados."

Additionally, the alert notice indicated that there is "An immediate ban has also been enforced on the importation of personal imports of live birds, feathers and foods containing poultry products."

According to Senior Veterinary Officer, Dr Mark Trotman, commercial imports of cooked poultry products from the UK may continue provided that they are accompanied by an appropriate veterinary export health certificate.

The ban will remain in effect until further notice.

Six days ago, The Guardian reported that poultry keepers across England, Scotland and Wales are facing tough new lockdown-style measures on their farms to control the spread of this bird flu.

It follows outbreaks of the “highly pathogenic” H5N8 strain of bird flu in Cheshire, Devon, Gloucestershire and Hertfordshire over the past two weeks. Reports have surfaced of outbreaks being found in wild bird populations and two broiler chicken farms, where all the birds are being culled.

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