June 11, 2024

 

Philippines suspends poultry imports from Australia over bird flu concerns

 
 

 

The Philippines has banned imports of birds and poultry products from Australia following recent cases of bird flu in the latter.

 

There were reported outbreaks of H7N3 and H7N9 – subtypes of the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus – on May 23 and May 25 in the Australian state of Victoria, as confirmed by the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness, Manila's Department of Agriculture said on June 8.

 

In a memorandum signed by Agriculture Secretary Francisco Tiu Laurel on June 6, all shipments of domestic and wild birds from Australia would be allowed provided that they were slaughtered or produced on or before May 9, said the statement.

 

Australia is the Southeast Asian nation's fourth-largest source of imported chicken meat, totalling 5,365 tonnes as of April. During the same period, the Philippines imported 46,987 heads of day-old chicks and 30,780 pieces of hatching eggs, the agriculture department said.

 

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