UAE: Poultry meat from Riyadh banned over bird flu outbreak

The UAE Ministry of climate change and environment Sunday announced the decision to ban entry on the Emirati soil of poultry meat from around the Saudi capital Riyadh over the existence of bird flu outbreak in one of the Saudi city’s local markets.

The ban has been imposed following the notification on highly contagious bird flu in Azizia market, Arabian reports citing the ministry.

The ban also concerns any kind of domestic and wild live bird, as well as hatching eggs and non-heat-treated wastes from across Saudi Arabia.

Non-heat treated products and table eggs are also targeted.

The restrictions however do not affect untreated imports that entered the Gulf country before December 1. The ministry also notes that it allows the importation of thermally treated poultry products, including meat and eggs.

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