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.