The UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) on Thursday notified that it has banned the import of all species of wild and domestic live birds temporarily from East Malaysia.
The action has been taken depending on a notification on August 6 from the World Organisation for Animal Health of the outbreak of a highly contagious strain of H5N1 bird flu on a farm in the states of Sarawak and Sabah. In spite of the ban, the ministry told in a statement that, thermally-treated poultry products (meat and eggs) have permission for import from all parts of Malaysia.
Assistant Undersecretary for the Food Diversity Sector at MOCCAE, Sheikh Dr Majid Sultan Al Qassimi stated, “Through taking immediate precautionary measures to curb any strains of the bird flu virus that has affected East Malaysia from reaching the UAE, MOCCAE hopes to ensure bio-security levels and prevent the spread of pathogens in the country.”
He said, “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.”
MOCCAE mentioned that it is carefully inspecting documentation which has details about consignments of food products shipped into the country.
The ministry is also conducting sensory detection to make sure about the quality of the products – as per their identification cards – obeys the UAE’s stringent standards.
Samples of food products from shipments are being taken to laboratories for the required tests to make sure they are safe and fit to enter the country.
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