Philip­pines bans poul­try prod­ucts from Ger­many

The China Post - - BUSINESS - RON­NEL W. DOMINGO

The Philip­pine Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture (DA) has is­sued yet another tem­po­rary ban on the im­port of birds and their prod­ucts, this time from Ger­many, as it con­tin­ues to shore up mea­sures to pro­tect the Philip­pines’ bird flufree sta­tus.

The ban cov­ers do­mes­ti­cated and wild birds and their prod­ucts, in­clud­ing poul­try meat, day-old chicks, eggs and se­men from Ems- land, Lower Sax­ony, in Ger­many.

Philip­pine Agri­cul­ture Sec­re­tary Pro­ceso J. Al­cala said the World Or­gan­i­sa­tion for An­i­mal Health (OIE) has re­ceived a re­port from Ger­many’s chief vet­eri­nary of­fi­cer about an out­break of the highly path­o­genic avian in­fluenza A (H5N8) virus, which af­fected lay­ing hens in Ger­many.

The DA’s latest or­der called for the im­me­di­ate sus­pen­sion of pro­cess­ing, eval­u­a­tion of ap­pli­ca­tion, and is­suance of san­i­tary and phy- tosan­i­tary im­port clear­ances for the prod­ucts listed above from that town.

As for ship­ments from the place that were al­ready in­bound, these should all be stopped and con­fis­cated, with the ex­cep­tion of heat­treated prod­ucts, the DA said.

“We have been tak­ing all the nec­es­sary mea­sures to pro­tect our borders against avian dis­eases, which could im­pend over our coun­try’s grow­ing poul­try in­dus­try,” Al­cala said in a state­ment.

The DA ear­lier is­sued sim­i­lar or­ders for ship­ments from Stanis­laus County, Cal­i­for­nia and Dou­glas Coun­try, Ore­gon in the United States and from Haifa, Is­rael.

Ac­cord­ing to Al­cala, the do­mes­tic poul­try in­dus­try grossed 189.7 bil­lion pe­sos ( US$4.06 bil­lion) in 2014, an in­crease of 7.8 per­cent com­pared with 2013 fig­ures.

“We can­not af­ford to lose this growth foothold to avian dis­eases, so we should mon­i­tor the en­try of prod­ucts that could threaten the health of our poul­try in­dus­try,” he said.

Al­cala said the Philip­pines has man­aged to main­tain its bird flufree sta­tus since the virus, which rav­aged Asian coun­tries in 2003, af­fected the poul­try of neigh­bor­ing na­tions like Viet­nam.

He said the Philip­pines’ dis­ease­free sta­tus en­abled the coun­try to gain ap­proval to ex­port fresh frozen chicken meat to South Korea, halal chicken to the United Arab Emi­rates and deboned poul­try meat to Ja­pan.

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