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Kuwait lifts ban on Kenyan livestock exports

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Livestock Principal Secretary Harry Kimtai has announced that Kenya will now resume exporting of livestock and products to Kuwait after the Arab country lifted a ban Kenyan livestock export that was imposed six weeks ago.

In a statement to newsrooms, Kimtai said Kenya had put in place stringent sanitary measures in the animal supply chain all the way from procurement of livestock to slaughter.

He said this would flag meat products with high drug residues.

The PS also says the government is working with the private sector to boost the quality and standards of meat meant for both local consumption as well as the export market.

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“In order to further our food safety measures, we have put in place residue monitoring plans for screening of animals for inappropriate use of veterinary drugs,” said Kimtai.

In addition, he said the government has put in place a National animal identification and treat-ability system that will help trace animals from the farm to the table as par international standards.

This is expected to support the national action plan policy on the control of anti-microbial resistance.

The Livestock Principal Secretary says the government will continue engaging farmers on improving the quality of meat products.

“Apart from working closely with the Private Sector to improve the quality and standards of meat, the government is undertaking modernization of meat processing facilities and introduction of feedlot system,” he added.

On 8th of last month, Kuwait announced a ban on meat imports from Kenya on account of products from the Country having high drug residue levels.

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