Barbados says it is lifting the ban it had imposed on the importation of poultry and poultry products from the United Kingdom (UK).

According to a statement from the Ministry of Agriculture, commercial importers and the general public are now free to import live birds, hatching eggs, and fresh, frozen and chilled poultry meat and products, including table eggs, from that territory.

It said that this decision follows the UK’s declaration of freedom from the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza resulting in the lifting of a ban, which was placed on these products last December.

As a result, importers may now apply to the Ministry of Agriculture’s Veterinary Services Department for permits to import poultry and poultry products from the UK.

However, a ban remains on the importation of poultry and poultry products from other countries in the European Union.

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