Ban on poultry imports from Taiwan lifted

Posted at 11/28/12 5:31 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Birds and poultry products from Taiwan may now be brought to the Philippines again. This comes after the Department of Agriculture issued Memorandum Order 32 lifting a ban on poultry products from Taiwan.

In April, domestic and wild birds, including their meat, chicks, eggs and semen, from Taiwan were banned from entering the Philippines after an outbreak of avian flu in a farm in the Liou-Jia District, Tai-nan, Taiwan.

The lifting of the ban comes as the outbreak in affected birds has been successfully contained and eradicated, the memo read.

"[T]he disinfection of infected premises was completed on 11 May 2012 and no further cases of HPAI (Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza) have been reported," the memo, dated November 7, read.

The order, signed by Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala, takes effect immediately.