The Philippines temporarily banned importation of domestic and wild birds and their products from Russia because of the recent bird flu outbreak there.
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol issued a memorandum order instituting the ban on the importation of domestic and wild birds, including poultry meat, day-old chicks, eggs and semen from Moscow Oblast and Tatarstan.
With the exception of heat-treated products, all shipments of those commodities into the Philippines will be stopped and confiscated by all Department of Agriculture (DA) veterinary quarantine officers at all major ports.
Frozen poultry meat with slaughter and process date of 21 days before the bird flu outbreaks can enter the country, but would be subjected to quarantine rules and regulations.
Meanwhile, the DA has lifted temporary ban on poultry imports from Spain and the Netherlands after they were cleared of bird flu.
The risk of contamination from importing poultry and poultry products from the two countries is “negligible” according to the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI).