Jamaica bans importation of poultry and poultry products from North America
Jamaica has imposed an immediate ban on the importation of poultry products from parts of North America arising from the outbreak of bird flu in sections of the US and Canada.
The Agriculture Ministry says the ban restricts the importation of all poultry and poultry products and by-products not fully cooked, hatching eggs and raw pet foods.
The ministry says the ban applies to products originating from Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, Minnesota, California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington in the USA and British Columbia in Canada.
It says there is no immediate food safety risk and the consumption of properly cooked poultry meat and poultry products remains safe.
In addition to the imposition of immediate restrictions, the agriculture ministry says it has already taken other steps to safeguard Jamaica’s poultry and human health.
It says a National Emergency Animal Disease Committee is in place to execute programmes necessary to ensure Jamaica's preparedness to handle outbreaks of animal diseases, including bird flu.
The ministry also says it has engaged major players in the poultry industry and has been communicating with importers, Jamaica Customs Agency and the Ministry of Health on the matter.
The ministry says further engagement will involve backyard and small-scale poultry operators, egg farmers, pet bird owners, pet stores and all other stakeholders to ensure full cooperation.