Namibia lifts ban on Irish poultry imports

Namibia has lifted a ban on importation and in-transit movement of live birds and poultry products from Ireland.

This is after the European country was declared free from highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).

The southern African country imposed the import ban on several European nations November last year following an outbreak of the avian flu.

Lifting the ban will allow the importation and in-transit movement of live poultry, birds, raw poultry products, live ostriches and raw ostrich products from Ireland said Nambia’s chief veterinary officer Dr Albertina Shilongo.

Dr Shilongo said all previously issued import and transit permits “are hereby cancelled and recalled with immediate effect”, according to a statement.

Namibia last month announced an immediate ban on poultry imports from Argentina following the outbreak of the same bird flu in that country on 24 February.

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