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The ban on the import of poultry from the United Kingdom has been lifted.

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) on Thursday announced that it has lifted the temporary ban on all poultry imports from the United Kingdom

Chief Veterinary Officer at the Ministry of Agriculture, Kathian Hackshaw, has advised that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in the United Kingdom, has informed that all restrictions put in place, consequent to the outbreak of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N8 (Bird Flu), have been lifted, the Ministry said.

Trade between farms throughout the United Kingdom has completely resumed and DEFRA is now issuing health certificates for exports for the entire country.

On Nov. 16, 2014, DEFRA confirmed a case of Avian Influenza (bird flu) H5N8 in a duck breeding farm in Yorkshire.

On Nov. 18, the Ministry of Agriculture in Kingstown imposed A temporary ban on the importation of poultry and poultry products from the United Kingdom.

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On Dec. 21, all restrictions following the outbreak were lifted by DEFRA.

The Chief Veterinary Officer said SVG was scheduled to resume trade of poultry and poultry products from the United Kingdom without any restrictions as of yesterday, Jan. 8.