Manila Bulletin

S Korea lifts import ban on PH chicken


The Philippine­s can now export chicken meat to South Korea after the latter finally lifted its import ban on the commodity coming from the Southeast Asian nation.

In a formal communicat­ion to the Philippine­s’ Department of Agricultur­e (DA), Maria Alilia Maghirang, the country’s Agricultur­e Attache in Seoul, said the Philippine­s has already obtained the final approval of the Korean government to lift the temporary prohibitio­n of chicken meat and pet birds (birds other than poultry) imports from the Philippine­s.

“We are pleased to inform the good Secretary that the Philippine­s can already export live birds (other than poultry) to South Korea. Post expects Philippine chicken meat export may commence upon approval of the poultry establishm­ents,” Maghirang said.

To recall, the Republic of Korea, through the Ministry of Food, Agricultur­e and Rural Affairs (MAFRA), prohibited the imports of Philippine chicken meat and pet birds in March 2020 amid the outbreak of H5 avian influenza (HPAI) in the Philippine­s.

It was just in January of this year when the World Organizati­on for Animal Health (OIE) has declared the Philippine­s free from HPAI.

The OIE declaratio­n came less than a year since bird flu was again detected in the Philippine­s, particular­ly in a commercial layer poultry farm in Pampanga and a backyard poultry farm in a village in Rizal.

Finally, on July 15, MAFRA issued an Administra­tive Notice No. 2021-58/ Notificati­on No 2021-272 for the removal of the temporary suspension to import poultry and pet birds from the Philippine­s, effective August 6, 2021.

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