The Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries, in a statement issued the order banning all poultry imports from Guyana: “As instructed by the chief veterinary officer, Animal Health Sub-Division of the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries, in accordance wit the Animals (Diseases and Importation) Act, Chap. 67:02, please be informed that, with immediate effect, all and any raw and cooked poultry meat from Guyana is banned from entry into TT, until further notice.
“Upon arrival at ports of entry, such items are therefore to be seized for destruction. Kindly contact the National Animal Disease Centre (693-1682; 693-1501) during normal working hours when seizures are carried out, so that transportation and destruction arrangements can be organised by, or on behalf of, a veterinary officer. I thank you for your continued co-operation.”
Minister of Agriculture, Lands and Fisheries Clarence Rambharat said an international organisation facilitated the ban. “There is an international organisation that oversees the trade in animals and meat products, it is called the OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health).”
Rambharat said Guyana notified the OIE, informing the organisation that they have discovered a duck virus in part of Guyana. The minister said TT decided to put a ban on meat from Guyana as a precaution, but the countries don’t trade with each other.
“As a precaution we have banned the entry of raw or cooked poultry from Guyana. We don’t send poultry to Guyana and Guyana doesn’t send poultry to us, but it is possible that passengers arriving from Guyana could have in their possession raw or cooked poultry. The instruction we have given to Customs is to seize and destroy what is coming into Trinidad,” the minister said.
Rambharat said the virus did not exist in TT and steps must be taken under international practices to keep the virus out of this country. The ban will remain in place until TT is satisfied that the virus has been eliminated in Guyana, Rambharat said.
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