After receiving the report from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) on the highly pathogenic avian flu in Olderkerk in Grootegast, Groningen, the Philippines has issued a temporary ban on importation of Dutch poultry products.
“[The ban is being imposed] to prevent the entry of HPAI virus to protect the health of the public and the local poultry population,” Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said.
Included in the ban are poultry meat, day-old chicks, eggs and domestic and wild birds.
However, there is an exception. “Frozen poultry meat with slaughter/process date of 21 days prior to the HPAI outbreaks are allowed to enter the country subject to veterinary quarantine rules and regulations,” Piñol said.
Meanwhile, the Philippines is expecting its bird-flu free status this month after months of no report on bird flu cases.