An outbreak of a highly contagious bird flu strain has caused the UAE to ban live birds from the Mexican district of Acolman.
The UAE made the decision following a notification from the Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases regarding the outbreak of a highly contagious strain of bird flu in the Mexican district of Acolman, and precautionary measures have been put in place to ensure strains of bird flu virus don’t reach the UAE.
The MOCCAE has banned the import of all kinds of live domestic and wild birds from the district
The UAE is taking important measures
Along with checking documentation and country of origin of food products being shipped to the country and conducting sensory detection to ensure the quality of the products comply with the UAE’s stringent standards, The UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) also announced the following precautionary measures:
- Banned the import of all species of domestic and wild live birds, ornamental birds, chicks, hatching and table eggs, poultry meat, and their non-heat-treated by-products and waste from Mexico, until the outbreak is brought under control.
- Banned the import of non-thermally-treated poultry products (meat and eggs) from the affected Acolman district in Mexico.
- However, thermally-treated poultry products (meat and eggs) have been cleared for import from Mexico.
“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.”
Sheikh Dr Majid Sultan Al Qassimi, Director of Animal Health and Development Department at MOCCAE