June 22, 2015


Philippines bans poultry imports from Nebraska county



The Philippines has temporarily banned the importation of domesticated and wild birds and their products including poultry meat, day-old chicks, eggs and semen from Nebraska, USA.


Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala ordered the temporary ban based on a report from Dr. John Clifford, deputy administrator of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to the Office of Internationale Des Epizooties (OIE, or World Organization for Animal Health) that there has been an outbreak of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus in Dixon County, Dixon, Nebraska.


The outbreak of HPAI serotype H5N2, which has affected the commercial chicken layer flock in Dixon County, was confirmed by the USDA APHIS National Veterinary Services Laboratories.


Alcala ordered the immediate suspension of the processing, evaluation of application and issuance of sanitary and phytosanitary import clearances on the importation of poultry products from the affected US territory.


In addition, Alcala instructed the agriculture department's veterinary quarantine officers and inspectors at all major ports to stop and confiscate all shipments of poultry and poultry products (with the exception of heat treated products) from Dixon County.


Alcala stressed that the ban and other emergency measures were necessary to protect human health and the poultry industry in the Philippines, which has remained free from the HPAI, or bird flu.


"We have been closely monitoring advisories from the OIE since we want to proactively protect the integrity of our poultry products as avian flu-free," Alcala said.

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