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UAE bans birds from Russia due to virus outbreak

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A virus outbreak has prompted UAE environment chiefs to impose a ban on live birds from Russia being brought into the country.

The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment has halted the import of all species of domestic and wild live birds, ornamental birds, chicks, hatching eggs, meats and meat products and non-heat-treated wastes after the outbreak of a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu, H5N2, on a farm in the central region of Kurskaya Oblast in Russia.

The ministry has taken action following a notification from the World Organisation for Animal Health regarding the outbreak.

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The ban is in regards to the affected region as well as previously infected provinces Respublika Kalmykia, Astrakhanskaya Oblast and Kostromskaya Oblast in Russia.

Thermally treated poultry products – meat and eggs – have been cleared for import from all parts of Russia, however.

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The ministry is carefully scrutinising documentation accompanying consignments – certificate of origin, health certificate and halal certifications, among others – of food products shipped into the country.

The authority is also conducting sensory detection to ensure that the quality of the products – as per their identification cards – complies with UAE standards.

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Samples of food products from shipments are transferred to laboratories for the necessary tests to ensure they are safe and fit to enter the country.

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Source Credit: The National 

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