The Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) in the Philippines is reluctant to impose a total import ban from certain states in the United States, or the entire country, as it could affect the local meat-processing industry.
“One of the countries lately banned by the government is the US. A part of the US, a county in the State of Tennessee, has reported an outbreak of avian influenza. Because the state is too big, what we usually do is that we ban the county first, and whenever the bird flu spreads to three others, then that’s the time we ban the whole state,” said BAI Assistant Director Dr. Simeon S. Amurao, Jr.
Amurao noted that the biggest effect of the ban is on the raw materials used by our local meat processors, which is the mechanically deboned meat (MDM) of chicken.
The price of MDM of chicken in the global market has spiked due to the decrease in the number of importation sources.
MDM price in the international market reportedly rose by at least 40 percent due to tightness in supply caused by the bird-flu outbreak in some European countries.
Amurao said some of the country’s major sources of MDM are Germany, the Netherlands, England, France, Poland, Belgium, Denmark, the US, Canada, Australia and Brazil. The Netherlands, England, France and Poland were banned by the government to export poultry and poultry products to the country.