The Philippines has announced a temporary ban on imports of poultry and poultry products from Germany, saying it has to maintain its bird-flu status.
The country's Department of Agriculture said the ban includes poultry meat, day-old chicks, eggs and semen from Emsland, Niedersachsen, in Germany.
The department chief, Proceso J. Alcala, said the ban was based on a report from Germany's chief veterinary officer relayed to the World Organisation for Animal Health (Office of Internationale Des Epizooties, or OIE) about an outbreak of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N8) virus, which affected laying hens in Germany.
"We have been taking all the necessary measures to protect our borders against avian diseases, which could impend over our country's growing poultry industry," Alcala said in a statement.
Earlier this year, the Philippines separately ordered temporary bans on shipments from specific areas in California, Nebraska and Oregon in the US; from Haifa, Israel; and Chiayi County in Chinese Taipei, also over bird-flu issues.
In June, the Philippines said it had maintained its status of being bird flu-free as well as foot and mouth disease-free- without vaccination-granted by the Paris-based OIE.
Last year, the country's poultry industry grossed P189.7 billion, higher by 7.8% than that in the previous year, according to Alcala.