PH bans entry of poultry products from Groningen, Netherlands
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol has placed a temporary ban on the importation of domestic and wild birds and their products including poultry meat, day old chicks, eggs and semen, originating from Grootegast, Groningen, Netherlands.
This, after Christianne Bruschke, chief veterinary officer at The Hague Ministry of Economic Affairs, reported to the World Organization of Animal Health (OIE) that there was an outbreak of H5N6 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) virus in Olderkerk in Grootegast, Groningen affecting birds.
Piñol then proceeded to place the ban as “there is a need to prevent the entry of HPAI virus” into the Philippines and “to protect the health of the local poultry population”.
He also ordered the immediate suspension of the processing, evaluation of the application and issuance of Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) import clearance from the aforementioned areas.
Meanwhile, frozen poultry meat with slaughter/process date of 21 days prior to HPAI outbreaks are allowed to enter the country subject to veterinary quarantine rules and regulations.