Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat has announced an immediate ban on raw and cooked poultry originating from Guyana.
He stated that the ministry’s Chief Veterinary Officer has notified Customs and Excise Division, following an advisory in Guyana of the existence of duck virus hepatitis in a part of that country.
Rambharat stated that Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago do not trade with each other in poultry. However, the ban is precautionary and targets passengers coming into Trinidad and Tobago with raw or cooked poultry in their possession, he said.
The notice, dated May 31, stated, “As instructed by the Chief Veterinary Officer, Animal Health Sub-Division of the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries, in accordance with the Animas (Diseases and Importation) Act, Chap. 67:02, please be informed that, with immediate effect, all and any raw and cooked poultry meat from Guyana is banned from entry into Trinidad and Tobago, until further notice.”
It also stated that upon arrival at ports of entry, such items would be seized and destroyed.
In an immediate response, the Guyana Poultry Producers Association issued a release stating that it does not foresee any issues for the poultry market in Trinidad and Tobago.
The Association stated that it views the recent ban by Trinidad and Tobago on the importation of raw and cooked poultry meat from Guyana as a precautionary measure since Guyana does not export poultry to this country.
“There is no official link to the Duck hepatitis virus and what is happening here but it looks like they [Trinidad and Tobago] are being cautious. We don’t export poultry there…,” David Fernandes, a member of the association, told the media in Guyana.
He added that while vets from the Guyana Livestock Development Authority (GLDA) suspect the Duck hepatitis virus is affecting the Muscovy breed of ducklings, they are awaiting the results from samples sent abroad to identify the sickness.