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Ban on importation of chicken legs lifted

Dec 2, 2013, 9:54 AM

The Gambia government has reversed its decision to impose a ban on the importation of chicken legs into the country, saying in a statement issued last Thursday that the ban has been lifted with immediate effect.

‘‘The Ministry of Trade, Regional Integration and Employment wishes to inform the general public that the Government of the Gambia has lifted the ban on the importation of chicken legs with immediate effect,’’ a statement issued by the Trade ministry in Banjul said.

The Ministry however stated that imports of poultry products from sources where hormones or products of hormones are used in their production will not be accepted into the Gambian market.

‘‘All imports of poultry products will, therefore, be accompanied by an ‘‘SGS test certificate’’ indicating that the product meets national food safety standards with no use of hormones,’’ the statement added.

It stated that any imported consignment of poultry product for which there is indication of use of hormones will not be accepted in The Gambia.

The government went on to assure the general public that it will continue to adopt measures to protect consumers and ensure food safety for all.

The government through a press release from the Office of the President, earlier in June this year, announced a ban on the importation of chicken legs into the country, saying it has taken the decision to protect the health and welfare of the public, and to ensure that consumers get value and quality for their money.