Official position of the Company regarding avian influenza in Ukraine (update)
As on 18 January 2020, a case of bird flu was recorded in Vinnytsia region (Buhakiv village, Nemyriv district, Vinnytsia region). Currently, MHP’s production and veterinarian teams, following MHP’s strong Contingency Plan for Avian Influenza, are undertaking all necessary measures to prevent potential outbreaks at all MHP’s poultry production sites. We are also assisting all poultry producers (mainly egg layers) in the Vinnytsia region strengthening their biosecurity.
We would like to inform the market that on the evening of 22 January 2020 the DIRECTORATE-GENERAL FOR HEALTH AND FOOD SAFETY of the EU informed the State Veterinary authorities of Ukraine that following the confirmation of HPAI of the H5 subtype in poultry in Ukraine on 19 January 2020, and according to the requirements for countries to be considered free from HPAI, as laid down in Article 9 of Regulation (EC) No 798/2008, the whole territory of Ukraine cannot be considered free from this disease. Therefore the Ukrainian Veterinary authorities can no longer certify poultry imports into the EU.
As of today, 23 January 2020, MHP EU certified poultry production facilities have ceased exports to the EU countries. MHP continues to operate as usual, commencing all necessary steps as it is dictated in its export diversification strategy, which has been enacted by the Management. MHP continues to adhere to the best available quality and biosecurity standards and sells its products both locally and to countries, where the export ban is not applicable.
Currently, the State Veterinary authorities of Ukraine are in close cooperation with EU authorities in order to agree on and undertake all steps necessary to resolve this issue and to finally agree on compartmentation, which has not been ratified officially.
Please address any questions or concerns to:
Anastasiia Sobotiuk (Kyiv)
Director of IR
+38 044 207 00 70
+38 050 339 29 99
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