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Philippines bans poultry imports from Poland

Christian Fernsby |
The Philippines has placed a temporary ban on the importation of domestic and wild birds from Australia after it confirmed an outbreak of H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus in the country.

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Based on its Memorandum Order 78, the Department of Agriculture (DA) cited a report from the Polish Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to the World Organization for Animal Health that Mazowieckie in Poland was positive on the occurrence of as H7N8 HPAI, a virus that occurs mainly in birds that can be deadly, especially in domestic poultry.

To contain the outbreak, Poland will cull over 900,000 hens in the affected farm in western part of the country. The H5N8 bird flu outbreak in the village of Wroniawy is the 33rd one in Poland this year.

With the ban in place, the DA suspended the processing and evaluation of applications for and the issuance of sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) import clearances for domestic and wild birds, including their poultry meat, day old chicks, eggs and semen.

The DA, however, noted that all incoming poultry shipments with SPS import clearance issued on or before December 8, 2020 will be allowed provided that frozen poultry meat has a slaughter/process date of 21 days prior to the start of the HPAI outbreak on November 10.

“All shipments will be subject to veterinary rules and regulations,” it added.

The department also assured that veterinary quarantine officers and inspectors in all major Philippine ports will stop and confiscate all inbound shipments of the banned items.

“There is a need to prevent the entry of HPAI virus to protect the health of local poultry population,” Agriculture Secretary William Dar stated in the order.

Prior to this, the DA imposed temporary ban on the importation of domestic and wild birds from United Kingdom and Japan due to bird flu.

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