Saint Lucia has lifted a ban on poultry meat and poultry meat products from the UK.
As a result, as of Monday, local importers could import them from disease-free regions of the UK.
This country imposed the restriction on UK poultry imports in November last year due to Avian Influenza concerns.
But the Veterinary and Livestock Division (VLSD) here said it has been continuously monitoring the outbreak of Avian Influenza in Europe and the UK in particular.
The VLSD observed that as of April 16, 2021, UK authorities have lifted all protection and surveillance zones for poultry and captive birds.
However, the division observed that there was an exception in regard to two confirmed outbreaks.
It informed local importers that the risk of Avian Influenza exposure to poultry and captive birds in the UK is low where there are stringent biosecurity measures.
“Therefore as of May 3, 2021, VLSD has lifted the restriction of fresh, chilled and frozen poultry meat from the UK,” a division letter to importers stated.
It said in keeping with the regionalization efforts of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, poultry meat and poultry meat products from disease-free regions of the UK can now be imported into Saint Lucia.