Emirates lifts KSA poultry ban

The UAE has re-opened its borders to poultry from Saudi as fears over bird flu ease locally.

The UAE's ministry of environment has lifted a ban on imports of poultry and eggs from Saudi Arabia as fears over bird flu ease locally.

Dr. Mohammed Saeed Al Kindi, UAE Minister of Environment and Water, has issued a decree lifting the ban imposed on the importing of chilled and frozen chicken and eggs from the kingdom, according to a report by the state news agency WAM.

The move comes after a recommendation from the World Organization for Animal Health, which gave Saudi Arabia a clean sheet as a result of safety measures taken by Riyadh to get bird flu under control.

It was also based on coordination between the Ministry, the National Emergency Committee and the General Secretariat of UAE Municipalities, WAM said.

The Minister urged the Department of Animal Resources of the Ministry to coordinate with all related bodies in the country to implement the decision.

The UAE issued a decision to close its borders to ban the import of live birds and poultry products from Saudi Arabia in April following reports of bird flu cases in the kingdom in March.

All markets selling live chickens were closed in the UAE as the government stepped up measures to prevent the deadly virus from entering the country.

Bird flu scares caused demand for poultry to fall by 30% in some provinces of the KSA in April, according to an Al Hayat report.

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