DA bans poultry from UK, Japan

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    The Department of Agriculture (DA) has banned the entry of poultry products from specific regions in the United Kingdom (UK) and Japan.

    In two separate orders issued Nov. 18, 2020, the DA enforced the ban on products coming from Frodsham, England in the UK and in Mitoyo City in Kagawa, Japan after UK and Japan’s chief veterinary officers reported to the World Organization for Animal Health the outbreak of H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza in these areas.

    Under Memorandum Order 62 and 63, the ban will cover domestic and wild birds and their products including poultry meat, day old chicks and semen.

    The processing and evaluation of the application and issuance of sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) import clearance of said products from the said regions are immediately suspended.

    However, all incoming poultry shipments from Frodsham with SPS clearance issued on or before November 9 will be allowed provided the process date is on or before the October 3 outbreak, subject to quarantine rules.

    Data from the Bureau of Animal Industry showed as of October this year, the Philippines imported a total of 347,561,455 kilograms (kg) of chicken products, of which 12,839,371 kg or 3.7 percent came from the UK while Japan has not supplied any amount to the Philippines to date.