March 27, 2013


Philippines bans poultry products from Italy, the Netherlands



Imports of poultry and poultry products from Italy and the Netherlands are temporarily banned by the Philippine government after a confirmed outbreak of low-pathogenic avian influenza in these countries.


Secretary Proceso Alcala of the Department of Agriculture (DA) has suspended the importation of domestic and wild birds-including poultry meat, day old chicks, eggs and semen- originating from Romagna, Italy and Gelderland, the Netherlands, to shield the Philippine poultry industry from complications and protect the health of the population.


The Office International des Epizooties (OIE) said low pathogenic avian influenza serotype H5 was discovered in a small rural poultry farm in Medena, Region of Romagna.


On the other hand, an outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza H7N7 was discovered in a laying hen holding yard in Lochem, Gerderland province.


Alcala ordered the immediate suspension of the processing and evaluation of the application and issuance of veterinary quarantine clearance on poultry imports from the regions.


Veterinary quarantine officers in all major ports were also ordered to stop and confiscate all shipments of poultry and poultry products - with the exception of heat treated products - from the regions.


Avian influenza (AI) is a viral disease affecting several species of birds such as chicken, turkey, quail, guinea fowl, as well as pet birds and wild birds. Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus spreads rapidly and may cause serious disease and result in high mortality rates, or up to 100% within 48 hours.


Low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) causes mild disease that may be undetected or no symptoms at all in some species of birds.

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