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Kuwait slaps ban on import of live birds from France and Iran

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KUWAIT CITY, Dec 9: The Public Authority for Agriculture Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR) has issued a decision to ban the import of all types of live birds, hatching eggs and one-dayold chicks and broiler chickens, from the French Republic and the Republic of Iran, due to the emergence of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1, reports Al-Qabas daily. PAAAFR spokesman, Talal Al-Daihani, said that this decision was taken on the recommendations of the World Organization for Animal Health as well as the authority’s keenness to take precautionary measures and adhere to the highest levels of safety and security for birds imported from abroad.

Al-Daihani announced the authority has lifted the ban on importing live ruminant animals from Jordan, after 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. Al-Daihani also stressed that consignments infected with any of the epidemic and contagious diseases will be rejected, after examining the samples in the authority’s laboratory, provided that the importer is instructed to return the affected birds and animals to the destination from which they arrived at his own expense without the authority bearing any responsibility.

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