Castries, Saint Lucia: Saint Lucia has temporarily restricted imports of chicken from the UK and Europe, calling Avian Influenza a break.
The Ministry of Agriculture’s Animal & Livestock Services Division notified local traders of the move in a letter.
The letter stated that the division had monitored and decided on the current situation of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) outbreak in Europe and the UK in particular.
As a result, imports of fresh, chilled and frozen poultry from the UK and Europe were put in place for the time being.
Restrictions also apply to imports of live poultry and hatching eggs from the UK.
According to the Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Division, processed chickens which are kept in tightly closed containers and have succeeded in destroying the HPAI virus can be imported.
But it must be accompanied by an International Animal Health Certificate issued by the UK Veterinary Authority, which proves that the treatment is being carried out.
The Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Division said it would continue to monitor the situation and suggest further developments.
According to the United States Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the Asian HPAI H5N1 virus has infected the human respiratory tract, causing severe illnesses such as pneumonia and respiratory failure and death in several people.
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