Philippines bans poultry from China amid bird flu threat

Posted at 01/20/2014 8:38 PM | Updated as of 01/20/2014 8:38 PM

MANILA -- The Philippine government on Monday slapped a temporary ban on the importation of domestic and wild birds including poultry meat, day-old chicks, and eggs from China amid a bird flu threat.

An outbreak of a Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) virus was earlier detected in the villages of Zhungzhuang, Jiaozhuang and Baoding in Heibei, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said in a statement.

Alcala ordered the ban following the recent report of Director General Dr. Zhang Zhongqui of the China Animal Disease Control Center about the outbreak.

The Office Internationale Des Epizooties (OIE) Animal Health Information Department confirmed that H5 and H7 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Virus were detected in China.

In line with the ban, Alcala ordered the immediate suspension of the processing, evaluation, and issuance of applications, as well as the confiscation of shipments of said commodities (with the exception on heat-treated products) from China into the country.

All DA veterinary quarantine officers/inspectors at all major ports in the country have been instructed to implement Alcala's order.