(CMR) An outbreak of avian flu has resulted in Barbados banning poultry products from the UK.
Late last week, news surfaced that chicken farmers across England, Scotland and Wales were under new lockdown-style measures on their farms to control the spread of Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N8 in the UK.
“An immediate ban has also been enforced on the importation of personal imports of live birds, feathers and foods containing poultry products,” said the Veterinary Services Unit in the Ministry of Agriculture in a release.
The ban extends to the importation of all commercial imports of poultry, hatching eggs, fresh and frozen poultry products.
Only cooked poultry products from the UK are exempted and may be imported only if they are accompanied by an appropriate veterinary export health certificate.
The ban will remain in effect until further notice.
The outbreak was discovered in wild bird populations and at two broiler chicken farms, where all the birds are being culled.