Gulf panels to discuss avian flu
After the recent outbreak of bird flu in Kuwait, the
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have determined that a meeting is needed to
discuss containment issues.
Dr. Mohammed Saeed Al Kindi, Minister of Environment
and Water, said that the meeting would explore ways of enforcing the strategy
adopted by the
to respond to the outbreak of avian flu.
A ban has now been placed on import of live birds from Kuwait and UAE
companies doing business with Kuwaiti suppliers of frozen chickens, were
informed to stop imports. Stricter precautionary measures had been taken at
borders and the country's airports.
The minister said that inbound frozen chicken and bird shipments were being
subjected to inspection and tests for 15 days before they were released so as to
ensure they were free of bird flu or any other diseases. Shipments are also
required to carry a valid health clearance certificate.
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