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The National Veterinary Administration (DNV) has lifted the ban on the import of fertile eggs from South Africa following monitoring of bird flu it has been conducting there.
A note from the DNV emphasises that eggs must come from producers certified as being free from avian flu and allowed to export based on the results of laboratory inspections and tests carried out after 22 June of this year.
The ban, on the import and transit of poultry and wild poultry, fresh or frozen chicken meat, feathers, hatching and consumable eggs, day-old chicks, poultry products and all materials or objects used in the breeding process, remains in place for Zimbabwe, Congo and areas of South Africa that are still affected or under surveillance.
Zimbabwe and South Africa have established measures to control and prevent the spread of the disease through the slaughter and destruction of birds in the affected units, the disinfection of premises and intensification of oversight throughout their territories, and the investigation of any suspicious death.
Of the affected countries in the region, the DNV says only South Africa has kept neighbouring countries informed about the bird flu situation and the ongoing measures for control.
The Mozambican Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MASA) sent a technical team to South Africa to check the disease situation, which produced the report that determined the partial lifting of the ban.
MASA says it is monitoring the evolution of the disease and conducting risk analyses of other poultry products, and will continue to monitor the situation in order to prevent the entry of bird flu into Mozambique.
The lifting of the ban on the importation of hatching eggs is a relief for the producers of day-old chicks and chickens, who had to import from Europe for the duration of the ban.Source: Notícias