Gov’t to im­pose poul­try ship­ment con­di­tions

Sun.Star Pampanga - - TOPSTORIES! - BY IAN OCAM PO FLORA Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

CITY OF SAN FER­NANDO — The De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture (DA) has lifted the ban on the trans­port of poul­try from Lu­zon to other parts of the coun­try with gov­ern­ment agen­cies set to im­ple­ment con­di­tions to en­sure that the birds are not car­ri­ers of the bird-flu virus.

The lift­ing came af­ter re­ports from its bio-se­cu­rity ex­perts that the Avian In­fluenza cases in San Luis, Pam­panga and in San Isidro and Jaen towns in Nueva Ecija have been con­tained in a seven-kilo­me­ter ra­dius, ac­cord­ing to Agri­cul­ture Sec­re­tary Em­manuel Pi­nol.

“I signed an Ad­min­is­tra­tive Cir­cu­lar which al­lowed among others the ship­ment of dressed chicken, fresh ta­ble eggs, cooked duck eggs (ba­lut), day-old chicks, game fowls and others pro­vided these are cov­ered by vet­eri­nary cer­tifi­cates is­sued af­ter tests are con­ducted by biose­cu­rity per­son­nel,” Pi­nol said.

How­ever, the ship­ment of fowls and poul­try prod­ucts com­ing from in­side the 7-kilo­me­ter ra­dius of San Luis, Pam­panga and the towns of Jaen and San Isidro in Nueva Ecija will not be al­lowed con­sis­tent with ear­lier quar­an­tine re­stric­tions.

Pi­nol said that Dr. En­rico Gar­zon, as­sis­tant sec­re­tary for live­stock and act­ing di­rec­tor of the Bureau of An­i­mal In­dus­try, and Dr. Ar­lene Vy­ti­aco “re­ported that clean­ing up op­er­a­tions in San Luis town have been com­pleted while the culling op­er­a­tions in Nueva Ecija are al­most com­plete.”

The DA said that all ship­ments must be cov­ered by health cer­tifi­cates and quar­an­tine clear­ances and Quar­an­tine Sta­tions in all air­ports and ports of the coun­try are di­rected not to al­low pas­sage to poul­try and poul­try prod­ucts with­out the nec­es­sary clear­ances.

“With strict quar­an­tine pro­ce­dures im­ple­mented in the 1-kilo­me­ter and 7-kilo­me­ter ra­dius of the ar­eas af­fected, the AI Task Force said the prob­lem has been con­tained in the three towns,” Pi­nol added.

The Na­tional Meat In­spec­tion Ser­vice (NMIS) is set to in­spect all mar­ket ar­eas for poul­try prod­ucts to make sure that these fol­low the con­di­tions of the ban lift­ing and that all prod­ucts are bird flu free.

The DA is urg­ing all ship­pers, distrib­u­tors and sell­ers to take note of the re­quire­ments to avoid con­fu­sion.

The move is seen to some­how sta­bi­lize the dis­rupted sup­ply chains of the poul­try in­dus­try.

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