Saint Lucia imposes ban on poultry import from United Kingdom

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Saint Lucia imposes ban on poultry import from United Kingdom

Saint Lucia has imposed with immediate effect, a temporary ban on the importation of all poultry and poultry products from the United Kingdom (U.K).

This was revealed though a press statement from the Ministry of Agriculture today.

The ban was imposed due to news of a recent outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in the UK.

The ban applies to all poultry, poultry meat products and processed internal organs of poultry raised, slaughtered or processed in the UK from 21 days prior to the start date of the outbreak. The start date of the outbreak event is November 14, 2014.

“These importation restrictions are part of quarantine measures aimed at preventing the entry of the Avian Influenza Virus into Saint Lucia and will remain in effect until further notice,” the statement added.

Local poultry suppliers are at odds when it comes to the impact this might have on the price of poultry. While some believe that the price can remain stable, other believe there could be a hike.

Meanwhile, some local suppliers are worried that more chicken will have to be sourced from the United States to fill the gap. Some poultry producers here also believe they now have a better chance to supply the local market.

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  1. A case of bird flu has been confirmed at a duck breeding farm in East Yorkshire, officials have said... This is from bbc news. As far as I know no chickens farms have got bird flu. Just one duck farm ? So why is St Lucia stopping chickens and is it allowing ducks ?

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  2. Chicken from the UK. That's right. Chicken wings. Why? Because it's the cheapest. Cheapest and least quality chicken. Ever wonder how long the chicken we import stay refrigerated? Ever wonder why it is so much cheaper than what is locally produced? Opportune time for the truth to be revealed.

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  3. there's is no ban on chicken or any other poultry in the UK, as far as I know the chicken which is imported here in Saint Lucia does not come from the UK, or any other European Country.

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  4. i eat chicken but think it should be ban outright.....who say we need chicken to survive.....wouldn't miss it

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  5. No wonder we have such high rates of fibroids.....the amount of hormones steriods and everything else their feed those birds....I say a permanent ban and let our local farmers produce local organic grain fed birds to us......I might be overseas but I support local 110%

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  6. news to me about this bird flu in the uk. if this was effective then surly uk would pull poultry off food chain for a while. we are over reacting.

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  7. Ok, so SLU have banned all related poultry products from the UK, I agree ban it, also 'St Lucia we love' my thoughts exactly, but yet will may need to source more from the usa, if you have to source chicken from anywhere why not from the same supplier based in One country? There is disease everywhere some natural some not.local farmers should be out there right now feeding and rearing them chickens, there is no better time than now.

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  8. I thought it was only on a duck farm and that all ducks on this particular farm were being slaughtered. There were no threats to other poultry and humans were not at risk. Let me go make a cuppa and listen to BBC or Sky. I must have missed out the important facts last week when this story broke.

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  9. If they were selling us the best grade meats, we could never have money to buy it from them. Meats we get from UK & US is the lowest grade. They all filled with steroids and growth hormones.

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  10. The Netherlands is running tests on ducks, swans and gulls as well as bird manure in an effort to establish if avian flu is being spread by wild birds, junior economic affairs minister Sharon Dijksma said on Monday evening. Test has already been carried out on some 500 wild ducks and a number of swans and gulls will also be caught for testing, Dijksma said. Bird excrement from a 10-kilometre radius around the farm where avian flu was first identified is also being tested for the virus. Bird flu has been identified on four poultry farms in the Netherlands and the government has imposed a regional ban on the transport of eggs, birds and their manure. Some experts said at the start of the outbreak the disease is probably being spread by migrating birds but others have disputed this. ‘The Netherlands and Germany are working closely together to try and find the cause of the outbreak,’ Dijksma said in her written briefing. Germany and the Netherlands are also to ask the European Commission for financial help in this, she said.

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  11. We're not banning Brits, just the chickens, lol. SLU needs to protect itself and people as no other country can do it better.

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  12. Funny JG, I'm reading this in the UK and nearly fell off my chair! News to me firstly that there's Bird Flu in the UK and secondly that poultry is exported from the UK to St.Lucia! Why and how? Seems along way for and meat produce to travel for human consumption to me!

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  13. Its a shame that you would ban with immediate effect, meats coming in from the UK into Saint Lucia that need to be further cooked then eaten but allow a Doctor from Spain who was exposed to ebola patients to come here freely without issues.

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  14. I found some more useful info.

    "“The exclusion zones around the farm, at 3km (protection zone) and at 10km (surveillance zone), remain in place. Across the country a high level of surveillance of housed and wild birds is continuing.”

    "Most types of bird flu are harmless to humans but two types, H5N1 and H7N9, have caused serious concerns."

    "The strain of bird flu found on a duck-breeding farm in the UK is the same as the one recently identified in the Netherlands and Germany, the environment department has said.

    The culling of 6,000 ducks at the farm in Nafferton, near Driffield, East Yorkshire, where the “highly pathogenic” virus has been found, is under way, according to officials."

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  15. 'Some poultry producers here also believe they now have a better chance to supply the local market' ??
    the local suppliers have always had a great 'chance to supply the local market' but never had adequate supply or standards despite the protection afforded by the quota. local companies are forced to buy overpriced substandard local chicken and sell it at a loss in order to import the higher standard, cost efficient imported chicken

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  16. Strange I'm in the UK and have not heard anything about this in the media so I started searching. I found an entry on the National Health Service (NHS) website. It's posted below in its entirety . Seems like we're over reacting here but who am I. Make up your own mind.

    "Bird flu in the UK

    The H5N1 bird flu virus has been confirmed in birds in many countries since it first emerged, including the UK. The last reported case of H5N1 in the UK was in early 2008.
    A few cases of bird flu have been confirmed in poultry in the UK since then, but these have not involved the H5N1 strain.
    In November 2014, H5N8 bird flu was confirmed at a duck breeding farm in Yorkshire, but the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has said the risk to public health is very low.
    There have been no cases of human infection with bird flu in the UK."

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