The import ban extends to the Netherlands, Germany, several regions in the UK and select areas in Russia by UAE’s Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) over bird flu concerns. The decision was taken since the regions recorded an outbreak of the highly pathogenic avian influenza during November 2020 as per notifications from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), a statement said.
To control the spread of the disease, the affected countries culled thousands of chickens. The ministry said it has prohibited the import of all birds and their thermally untreated byproducts from the affected countries until the countries are declared disease-free. All imports of poultry meat, eggs and their thermally untreated byproducts also have to fulfil a new requirement – an export health certificate, as previously agreed upon by the Netherlands and the UAE. Theministry said it closely monitors the animal health situation in food import markets, and takes immediate precautionary measures when any of them are affected by pathogens. “Such efforts curb the spread of pathogens in the country and protect animal health and food safety, in addition to safeguarding public health and well-being,” the statement added.