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Thursday, 27 November 2014

St.Lucia temporary ban on all UK poultry imports

 St Lucia has slapped a temporary ban on the importation of all poultry and poultry products from the United Kingdom, as a result of an outbreak of bird flu there. The Ministry of Agriculture said the ban was imposed in light of information received from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in the United Kingdom confirming that the country recently experienced an outbreak of a Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). “The start date of the outbreak event is November 14, 2014 and pertains to the entire country,” the Ministry statement said. It said the importation ban is imposed with immediate effect and applies to all poultry, poultry meat products and processed internal organs of poultry raised, slaughtered or processed in the United Kingdom from 21 days prior to the start date of the outbreak.

“These importation restrictions are part of quarantine measures aimed at preventing the entry of the Avian Influenza Virus into St Lucia and will remain in effect until further notice,” the Ministry said. One local supplier told reporters that the ban could help local poultry farmers significantly, since they have been complaining about a backlog of local products. However an importer, speaking on condition of anonymity, disagreed, saying that local suppliers do not provide “specialised cuts”, such as chicken wings, which imported into the island. The importer disclosed that St Lucia buys over a quarter of a million pounds of chicken annually from the United Kingdom at a cheaper price than imports from the United States.

Source: caribbean360.com