The Federation is the second nation in the region to have imposed such a ban on the importation of poultry from the US, only following a recent announcement by Jamaica and restrictions on the individual states by the government of Antigua and Barbuda.
This publication received confirmation of that ‘Ban’ from the Permanent Secretary within the Ministry of Agriculture, who directed us to the Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr. Tricia Challenger for comment.
However, efforts to contact Dr. Challenger proved futile, as this publication was told that she would be out in the field for the entire day and subsequent attempts to contact her were unsuccessful.
Earlier in the week, Dr. Challenger had indicated that she was not aware of any reports of Bird Flu in North America.
“I have not received any word!” said Dr. Challenger.
Further, she indicated, “We have to do our own evaluation! I don’t know… I have to look into it, because what you are saying, I have no information with respect to that. So I will have to look into that and find out what we will do.”