Avian flu: advice for UK exporters

At the start of February 2015 Defra confirmed a case of low severity avian flu in chickens at a farm in Hampshire. Immediate action was taken to control the outbreak. More information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/low-severity-avian-flu-confirmed-in-hampshire .

Implications for exports of live poultry and poultry products to countries outside the EU depend on the requirements of the destination country for the product in question, and whether they require the whole of the UK to be free from notifiable AI or only the area or premises. Trade with other member states of the European Union continues for all live poultry and poultry products unless these have been sourced from the area under restriction.

Fresh eggs
Although table eggs require an Export Health Certificate (EHC), the export trade outside the EU is limited as it is a fresh product trade. Contact the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) Centre for International Trade if you believe you will be affected.

Poultry meat
The APHA have suspended EHCs for poultry products where the importing country requires country freedom from notifiable AI. In many of the UK’s markets there is a clause in the EHC that allows trade from ‘areas or ‘territories’ free from AI. This is defined as counties and means that trade can continue from any UK source outside Hampshire. Defra officials will work closely with the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) to review this as the situation develops. Again, please contact APHA if you have a specific query.

Products containing eggs as an ingredient
Bakery, cake and confectionary products that contain egg do not require an EHC in order to be exported. Therefore there are no restrictions in place. There is one exception which is a certificate for cakes to the USA: again, the APHA should be your first port of call if you believe this will affect you.

There may also be some impacts on non-poultry commodities where the importing country has insisted on an AI country freedom clause. APHA are evaluating these impacts.

Sectors: Food & Drink and Meat Products
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