The Philippines banned importation of all poultry products, including dressed and deboned chickens, eggs and ducks, following the outbreak of avian influenza in Asian and European countries.
Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol directed Assistant Secretary for Livestock Dr. Enrico Garzon, who is also the acting director of the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), to implement the ban immediately to protect the country’s poultry and duck industry.
Piñol also signed directives that specifically ban South Korea, Germany, France and the Netherlands from exporting chickens, ducks and other poultry products to the Philippines. Those countries were affected the most by the disease.
“I expect to receive complaints and requests for reconsideration from the countries affected by the ban but I am appealing to our trading partners to understand our position,” Piñol said.
Pending review of the status of poultry industry in other countries, the Philippines will only import eggs, chickens and ducks from the United States, Canada and Australia.
“These three countries are exempted from the ban mainly because they never reported cases of avian influenza or poultry diseases and also because they have always implemented stringent quarantine measures,” Piñol said.
Meanwhile, the country is offering to export its poultry products to bird flu-ridden South Korea.
Piñol said that a team from BAI will visit South Korea on January 16 to formally ask the South Korean government to open its market for poultry products from the Philippines.