SA poultry imports still banned

12 July 2021 | Agriculture

ELLANIE SMIT

WINDHOEK

Namibia is maintaining its suspension of the importation and in-transit movement of live, cloven-hoofed animals and their products, as well as live poultry and their products, from South Africa.

This follows outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) and highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in South Africa, which led to the suspension of imports since January 2019 (FMD) and May 2021 (HPAI).

The chief veterinary officer in the agriculture ministry, Dr Albertina Shilongo, says the South African veterinary authority has in June this year reported that outbreaks of the two diseases have not been resolved.

Spreading

“The recent update from the South African Veterinary Authority indicates a continuous spread of FMD within its former FMD-free zones, as the diseases has spread to 11 other locations in Kwazulu-Natal Province since May this year.”

Shilongo further said that the HPAI infection also continues to spread in South Africa, with 33 new outbreaks reported across Gauteng, North West, Mpumalanga, Free State, Kwazulu Natal and the East Cape provinces since April this year.

“Importers and the general public are further informed that Namibia has maintained the suspension of importation and in-transit movement of live, cloven-hoofed animals and their raw products, as well as of live poultry and their raw products, of South African origin with the exception of cooked products.”

Namibia continues to allow the importation or in-transit movement of raw products that are derived from cloven- hoofed animals and poultry that are transiting through South Africa, originating from countries or zones free of FMD, and HPAI-free countries or compartments.

Furthermore, Namibia continues to allow the importation and in-transit movement of raw pork from South Africa, provided that these products originate from the approved FMD-free pig compartments.

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