Poultry ban raised vs England due to bird flu
The Department of Agriculture (DA) has temporarily banned the entry of poultry and wild bird products from England, following the outbreak of H5N8 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in three of its provinces from December 2016-January 2017.
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, in a memorandum order, said the ban includes poultry meat, day-old chicks, eggs and semens from England.
Dr. Nigel Gibbens, Chief Veterinary Officer of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in London, was reported by the World Health Organization to have confirmed seven outbreaks of the HPAI virus in the provinces of Lincolnshire, Lancashire, and North Yorkshire.
Piñol said the ban seeks to protect the Philippine poultry industry.
He also ordered the veterinary quarantine officers and inspectors to closely monitor all major ports, and stop and confiscate all shipments of the said products.
Aside from England, the DA has also imposed a temporary ban on poultry products from Kuwait, India (Gujarat), Poland, the Republic of Macedonia (Struga), Cambodia and Israel.
However, the DA said frozen poultry meat that were slaughtered or processed 21 days prior to the HPAI outbreaks are allowed to enter the country subject to the veterinary quarantine rules and regulations.