Government, through the Ministry for Food and Agriculture has banned the importation of poultry products from a number of countries.
The countries whose poultry products are embargoed from entering the country include the Netherlands, Germany, Russia, Denmark and United Kingdom.
The ban by Government is to prevent the entry of the highly contagious Pathogenic Avian Influenza, commonly called Bird Flu into the country.
In a statement signed and made available to norvanreports by the Acting Chief Director of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Robert Ankobiah, the directive is based on the sound advice of the Veterinary Services Directorate.
“The Ministry of Food and Agriculture upon advice from the Veterinary Services Directorate has placed a ban on the importation of day-old chicks, hatching eggs, frozen chicken, poultry products and poultry feed from these European countries with immediate effect,” part of the statement read.
To prevent an outbreak of the disease in this country, the statement explained that all import permits that were issued earlier for such consignment have been rendered invalid due to the new directive.
“Importers are to note that all imports permits that were issued for such consignments from Nertherlands, Germany, Russia, Denmark and United Kingdom have been rendered invalid with immediate effect,” the statement added.