BASSETERRE: St. Kitts & Nevis has become the second Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to impose a ban on the importation of poultry and poultry products from several U.S. states following reports of an outbreak of avian (bird) flu.
Like Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis said the ban applies to poultry products from the U.S. states of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. The ban also applies to products from British Columbia.
The list includes all poultry products, by-products and eggs. Authorities in St. Kitts & Nevis said that the ban, expected to remain in effect for three months, is intended to safeguard the poultry industry.
St. Kitts & Nevis agriculture officials said the restrictions are necessary to minimize the introduction of the bird flu virus into the twin-island federation, where more than 22 poultry farms would be at risk.
Antigua & Barbuda is also expected to follow the positions adopted by the two CARICOM countries.