March 9, 2022


Philippines bans poultry imports from Italy and Nova Scotia, Canada



The Philippines' Department of Agriculture has imposed a temporary ban on poultry from Italy and Nova Scotia, Canada due to bird flu, The Philippine Star reported.


The ban signed by Agriculture Secretary William Dar includes the import of domestic and wild birds and their products, including poultry meat, day old chicks, eggs, and semen.


Highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu was detected in western Nova Scotia, Canada. The virus was also confirmed in Verona, Italy.


Dar said the ban has been imposed on Italy even though it not an accredited country to export poultry meat to the Philippines.


Poultry shipments before January 16, 2022 from Nova Scotia, Canada and October 4, 2021 from Italy will be permitted.


New bird flu outbreaks have been detected in eight areas in the Philippines, which includes the barangays of Saint Roch and Dagat-Dagatan in Bulacan; Santa Catalina and San Lorenzo in Pampanga; Calagbangan, San Agustin, San Isidro in Camarines Sur; and San Roque, Laguna.


-      The Philippine Star

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