Poultry import ban
No poultry or poultry products from some European countries will be allowed in Barbados for now, following bird flu outbreaks in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Germany.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management has, with immediate effect, placed a temporary restriction on those imports.
Senior Veterinary Officer Dr Mark Trotman said in a statement this evening that following the confirmation of outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N8, restrictions have been placed on the importation of all live birds, hatching eggs, and on fresh, frozen and chilled poultry meat and products, including table eggs, from the UK and all member countries of the European Union.
“Personal (passenger) imports of all fresh or cooked poultry products, with the exception of fully-cooked products in hermetically sealed packages, are also restricted entry, and all permits issued prior to this notice are revoked with immediate effect,” he said.
However, Trotman pointed out that the import restrictions would not apply to commercial imports or processed poultry products accompanied by an official veterinary export health certificate, attesting that the products have been processed to ensure the destruction of the avian influenza virus.