Philippine bans poultry from the Netherlands, Germany and Japan


The Philippines has temporarily banned poultry imports from the Netherlands, Germany and Japan after these countries reported outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza. This covers poultry meat, day-old chicks, eggs and domestic and wild birds, but not heat-treated products. Frozen poultry meat with slaughter/process date of 21 days prior to the outbreaks are allowed to enter the country subject to veterinary quarantine rules and regulations. According to the Bureau of Animal Industry, the Netherlands and Germany are the 2nd and 5th largest sources of poultry imports for the Philippines. As of end-October this year, the Philippines imported over 41,000 tonnes of chicken from the Netherlands and nearly 12,000 tonnes from Germany.

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