Namibia on Monday suspended imports and in-transit movement of live poultry and poultry products from Germany and the Netherlands following an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza.

In a statement, the Directorate of Veterinary Services suspended live poultry, birds, raw/uncooked products, ostriches, and raw ostrich products from the two countries.

Only consignments with products packaged before October 1, would be accepted, while those packaged after the cut-off date would be sent back to their country of origin.

The other option would be for the products to be destroyed at the importer’s cost.

Cooked poultry products for commercial purposes from the two territories may be imported into Namibia under a veterinary import permit, the directorate said.

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