The Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Transformation, Forestry, Fisheries and Industry has removed the temporary ban on all Poultry Imports from the United Kingdom.
Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr. Kathian Hackshaw has advised that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in the United Kingdom, has informed that all restrictions put in place, consequent to the outbreak of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N8 (Bird Flu), have been lifted.
According to a release from the Ministry of Agriculture, trade between farms throughout the United Kingdom has completely resumed and DEFRA is now issuing health certificates for exports for the entire country.
On November 16, 2014, DEFRA confirmed a case of Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) H5N8 in a duck breeding farm in Yorkshire.
A temporary ban was placed on poultry and poultry products by the Ministry of Agriculture on November 18, 2014. On December 21, 2014, all restrictions following the outbreak were lifted by DEFRA.
The Chief Veterinary Officer has advised that St. Vincent and the Grenadines will resume trade of poultry and poultry products from the United Kingdom without any restrictions with immediate effect.