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UAE restricts poultry imports from bird-flu hit Philippines

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The United Arab Emirates is restricting poultry imports from the Philippines following the nation's first outbreak of avian flu.

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The UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment said it will lock down import control gates to guard against any incoming live or processed bird products originating from the province of Pampanga.

Dr Majid Sultan Al Qasimi, Director of Animal Health and Development Department, Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, said the action was "based on the notification from the World Organisation for Animal Health about the registration of highly pathogenic avian influenza in the Republic of the Philippines."

However, the UAE will allow "the importation of thermally-treated poultry products (treated meat and processed egg products) and thermally treated poultry waste from the Philippines."

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