Guyana: T&T's ban on poultry is premature, ill-advised

The Guyana Livestock Development Authority has described a recent ban on poultry from Guyana by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, as “ill-advised and premature”.

The authority says neither the sale nor consumption of poultry meat poses any health risks.

It is seeking to assure Guyana's public that the issue with duck disease, has been contained and restricted to six duck farms on the coast of Guyana.

“Measures implemented, including the closure of our hatchery, the only one in Guyana that hatches duck eggs commercially, have assisted in containing the disease.  The disease has not manifested itself in the other poultry sectors chicken, turkey and Guinea bird, and has only been observed in ducklings between the ages of 3 to 15 days old”, the statement said.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Agriculture is also seeking to assure the public that it is safe to consume all poultry products.

The ministry says it is disappointed at the “premature and excessive response of the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries of Trinidad and Tobago which has placed a ban on all poultry products, raw and cooked, coming from Guyana”.

Last week, the Ministry of Agriculture in Trinidad and Tobago imposed a ban on all poultry products from Guyana “until further notice”.

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