The Department of Agriculture (DA) still prohibits the importation of meat and poultry products because of health concerns and risk of animal diseases present in other countries.
“Right now, with the threat of animal diseases, I’m not ready to do that (import),” said Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol.
According to Piñol, DA has implemented a stricter policy in importation of poultry and meat products to curb potential spread of infection like bird flu, which is a viral infection that can infect humans and other animals.
“Even if we want to import, we would really have a problem because the reasons why we are really strict now in importation is the fact that there is a threat of animal diseases in other parts of the world,” Piñol said.
Piñol decided to ban the importation of poultry products from many countries, including South Korea, Germany, France, and the Netherlands.
“You have to understand that the moment we got infected, we will destroy the whole poultry industry of the country,” Piñol said.