The Public Authority for Agriculture Affairs and Fisheries Resources (PAAAFR) has slapped a ban on the import of all types of live birds, hatching eggs and one-day-old chicks and broiler chickens, from France and Iran following the outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 in both countries.

Al-Qabas quoting PAAAFR spokesman, Talal Al-Daihani, said the decision is taken on the recommendations of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) as well as the authority’s keenness to take precautionary measures and adhere to the highest levels of safety in the best interest of consumers.

Meanwhile, Al-Daihani announced the authority has lifted the ban on importing live ruminant animals from Jordan, after it the country is proven to be free of any related disease.

Al-Daihani added that the authority’s decisions emphasized the need for all consignments, according to their type, to be subject to the applicable conditions and controls issued by the authority’s animal health department, in accordance with the procedures of the World Organization for Animal Health and the procedures stipulated by the veterinary quarantine regulation in Kuwait and the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

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