DA bans importation of poultry products from 3 foreign locations
The Department of Agriculture (DA) temporarily banned the importation of domestic and wild birds and their products including poultry meat, day old chicks, eggs and semen originating from Biddinghuizen in Flevoland, Netherlands; Saudi Arabia; and Kostromskaya Oblast in Russia.
This was after reports were filed to World Organization of Animal Health (OIE) that these areas were hit by Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) virus.
Based on the official report submitted by Evgeny Nepoklonov, vice minister of the Ministry of Agriculture in Moscow, Russia to World Organization of Animal Health (OIE), there was an outbreak of H5N2 HPAI virus in ZAO Pticefabrika Kostromskaya, Kostromskoy, Kostromskaya Oblast affecting birds by All-Russian Research Institute for Animal Health.
Meanwhile, an official report submitted by Christianne Bruschke, chief veterinary officer of ministry of economy affairs of The Hague, Netherlands to OIE showed that there was also an outbreak of H5N6 HPAI virus in Biddinghuizen affecting fattening ducks.
The same thing happened to birds in Riyadh, Al Kharj, and Al Mazahmhiya in Saudi Arabia, based on the report of Ali Al Doweriej, Director General of Veterinary Health and Monitoring Department of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Environment, Water, and Agriculture to OIE.
“There is a need to prevent the entry of HPAI virus to protect the health of the local poultry population,” Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said in separate memorandum orders.
Piñol also ordered for the immediate suspension of the processing, evaluation of the application, and issuance of Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) import clearance to the of domestic and wild birds and their products including poultry meat, day old chicks, eggs and semen coming from the aforementioned areas.