Memo to ban shipment of poultry products from Luzon to VizMin signed today
The Department of Agriculture (DA) today issued a temporary ban on the movement of live domestic and wild birds and their products, including poultry meat, day-old chick, eggs, semen and manure from Luzon to Visayas and Mindanao in a bid to contain further spread of avian influenza from a town in Pampanga province.
The temporary ban is contained in Memorandum Circular No. 09 signed today by Enrico P. Garzon Jr., DA Assistant Secretary for Livestock and Director of the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI).
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said that the government is exerting all efforts to contain the spread of the avian flu from the town of San Luis, Pampanga, which was placed under an immediate quarantine issued since the disease was confirmed on Friday.
Piñol said the ban on the shipment of poultry meat and poultry products from Luzon to the rest of the country is an aggressive step to contain the spread of the avian influenza to other parts of the country.
“In view of the avian influenza outbreak in the province of Pampanga and to prevent further spread of the disease in other parts of Luzon and to Visayas and Mindanao … No movement of LIVE domestic and wild birds including poultry meat, day old chick, eggs, semen and manure shall be allowed from Luzon (mainland Luzon and island provinces of Luzon) to Visayas and Mindanao,” Memorandum Circular No. 09 stated.
Piñol said that “(s)ince Visayas and Mindanao remain free from avian influenza, the movement of live poultry, poultry mat, day old chicks, eggs, semen manure and other products from Visayas and Mindanao to Luzon will be allowed.”