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DA lifts import ban on fowl and poultry meat from 4 states in US

The agriculture department has lifted its temporary ban on the importation of domestic and wild birds from Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota in the United States.

The ban also included poultry meat, chicks, eggs, and semen.

The lifting of the ban was contained in memorandum order no. 2, series of 2016, signed by agriculture secretary Proceso Alcala and took effect on January 15, 2016. The lifting of the ban followed a declaration from the United States’ Department of Agriculture that the four areas no longer had the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza. The memorandum order was dated January 4, 2016.

The US submitted a report to the World Organization for Animal Health late in 2015.

“Based on the evaluation of the Bureau of Animal Industry, the risk of contamination from importing poultry and poultry products from Dixon Country, Nebraska; Iowa; Minnesota; and South Dakota, USA is negligible,” Memorandum Circular No. 2 series of 2016 said.

The Philippines banned the importation of domestic and wild birds and their products from Iowa and North Dakota on May 27, 2015, following a report of an outbreak of the HPAI virus in the two states. The outbreak in Iowa affected commercial turkey and commercial chicken layer. The outbreak in North Dakota also affected commercial turkey and chicken flock.

The ban was implemented to prevent the entry of HPAI virus and protect the health of the public and the local poultry population.

During the ban, the Philippines also immediately suspended the processing and evaluation of applications for sanitary and phytosanitary import permits and stopped and confiscated all affected products. (Eileen A. Mencias)


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