The ministry of agriculture water and land reform has announced the immediate suspension of poultry imports from some European countries, following the outbreak of a Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) outbreak in the region.
The affected countries include the Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Ukraine, Belgium, Poland, Denmark, Sweden, and France.
Dr. Albertina Shilongo, the chief veterinary officer at the agriculture ministry stated that since the incubation period of the disease is 21 days as set by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the suspension takes effect 21 days prior to the date of start of the event.
Thus consignments containing poultry products packed in their final packaging on or after the date of start of suspension will be rejected and send back to the country of origin or destroyed at the importer’s cost.
Dr. Shilongo further stated that all previously issued import and transit permits have been cancelled and recalled with immediate effect.