Singapore Poultry Remains Safe Amidst Bird Flu Outbreak in Malaysia

Singapore’s Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) assured the public that poultry and egg products in the country are safe for consumption.

AVA’s assurance came in the heels of a bird flu outbreak in neighboring country Malaysia. The Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) in Malaysia earlier reported an outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza in the village of Kota Bharu, Kelantan.

According to AVA, Singapore only imports poultry and eggs from disease-free zones in Malaysia such us Johor, Malacca, Negri Sembilan, Selangor and Perak.

AVA tightened its screws as far as implementing its existing measures to avoid the dreaded disease for birds.

These measures include:

  • Importing live birds, poultry and poultry products only from bird flu-free countries and zones
  • Conducting inspection and sampling on imported live poultry and poultry products at points of entry and poultry slaughterhouses
  • Ensuring that local poultry farms and slaughterhouses implement biosecurity measures
  • Conducting regular inspection and surveillance at local poultry farms, slaughterhouses and pet bird shops
  • Conducting regular checks and surveillance on migratory birds as well as common birds such as crows, mynahs and pigeons
  • Monitoring of free-range chickens

AVA also increased surveillance and inspections at various entry points to prevent the incursion of the disease. It has also alerted local poultry farms to enhance biosecurity measures.

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