PH Bans Poultry from Kuwait and Czech Republic

The Philippine government has announced the banning of poultry products from Kuwait and Czech Republic after avian influenza outbreaks was found in the two countries.

Included in the ban are day-old chicks and semen.

Kuwait Public Authority for Agriculture Affairs and Fish Resources- Animal Health Department reported to the World Organization for Animal Health that 144 birds died of avian influenza in Sulaibiyah and Al Jahrah, which affected ducks, geese, and pheasants.

Czech Republic has also reported to the OIE that the same avian influenza virus has affected Jihomoravsky, Stredocesky, and Jihocesky. Affected poultry includes laying hens, geese, ducks, guinea fowls, turkey, ostriches, and pigeons.

The ban suspends the processing, evaluation of the application, and issuance of sanitary and phytosanitary import clearance of poultry from the two countries.

However, the ban does not include heat-treated poultry products. “Frozen poultry meat with slaughter/process date of 21 days prior to the HPAI outbreaks are [is] allowed to enter the country subject to veterinary quarantine rules and regulations,” Piñol said.

In January, the Philippines has also banned importation of poultry products from England, France, the Netherlands, and Poland. The country is one of the few countries that remains free from avian influenza in Southeast Asia.

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