Avian influenza halts poultry imports
19 May 2021 | Health
Earlier this week, the agriculture ministry announced the immediate suspension of poultry and related raw products after an outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in South Africa.
The ministry said HPAI was first detected on a commercial poultry farm in South Africa on 9 April 2021 and that South African veterinary authorities indicated a further eight commercial poultry farms have subsequently been affected.
Due to the 21-day incubation period of this influenza, the suspension is effective from 19 March 2021. Thus, chicken packaged on or after 19 March 2021 will be refused entry by Namibian customs, the ministry explained.
All import and transit permits for poultry products from South Africa were also cancelled and these measures will stay in place until further notice.
Namibia will still allow the import of poultry products that have been in transit through South Africa but hail from areas that are HPAI free.