UAE lifts ban on importing cows from European countries

The UAE has lifted ban on importing living cows from some European countries including Iceland, Norway, Croatia, Cyprus, Latvia, Estonia, Malta and Hungary.

Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, has issued a decision, which stipulates the need to take into account the epidemiological situation of the exporting countries effected with infectious diseases, taking into account the other conditions of "raising and slaughtering" of the livestock in accordance to the laws and decisions of the veterinary quarantine in the country.

The decision comes in the light of the ministry's keenness to implement its strategic objectives regarding its contribution in achieving food security and protecting the community and livestock from diseases and epidemics especially the joint diseases between humans and animals as well as preserving public health, following consultations with the GCC states, international organizations especially the world organization for animal health (OIE) aiming at making sure from the health status of these countries due to mad cow disease.

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