KUWAIT CITY, June 21: The Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR) issued a decision allowing the import of all types of live birds, hatching eggs and one-day-old chicks for broiler and laying chickens from Kazakhstan, Italy, Croatia, Philippines and Finland, after confirming that these countries are free from bird flu, reports Al-Qabas daily. Official spokesperson of PAAAFR Talal Al- Daihani disclosed that the authority imposed a temporary ban on the import of all types of live birds, hatching eggs and one-day-old chicks for laying and broiler chickens from Lithuania, Estonia and the Kingdom of Lesotho due to the emergence of bird flu in these countries.
He stressed the need for all consignments to be subject to the rules and regulations laid down by the Animal Health Department in the authority; affirming these rules and regulations are in accordance with the procedures of the World Organization for Animal Health, as well as the veterinary quarantine regulations in Kuwait and other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). He added that consignments will be rejected if found to be infected with any disease after examining the samples in the authority’s laboratory. In this case, the importer will be instructed to return the infected birds and animals at his own expense and the authority shall not bear any responsibility, he explained.