The Ministry of Education Youth, Sports, Agriculture and Lands (MEYSAL) announces a temporary restriction the importation of fresh, chilled and frozen meat from the United Kingdom, the European Unions and the Netherlands effective today (7 December 2020).
“There is currently an outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in sections of Europe. Although it is still a developing situation, the Ministry of Agriculture has temporarily restricted the importation of poultry from affected countries to safeguard our local consumers from infection, states Minister of Agriculture Hon. Juliana O’Connor-Connolly.
“The Veterinary team at the Department of Agriculture has already informed relevant importers about these restrictions, and Agricultural Health Inspection Service (AHIS) Officers will continue to monitor imports closely, Minister O’Connor-Connolly continued.
MEYSAL further advises that the ban will not affect the importation of products already treated to destroy the virus, such as canned poultry products and those in airtight containers.
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