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International Egg and Poultry Review

24 January 2007

By the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service - This is a weekly report looking at international developments concerning the poultry industry, this week looking at the latest in Hong Kong and the Philippines.

Hong Kong

January 17, 2007 the OIE received notification from Hong Kong's Agriculture, Fisheries, and Conservation Department of a reoccurrence of H5N1 avian influenza in wild birds. The outbreak location was on Leighton road in Causeway Bay in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. There were six susceptible birds and six deaths with an unknown source.

In other matters, USDA FAS reported December 20, 2006 that Hong Kong had released an invitation for Expression of Interest (EOI), which is due before January 22, 2007. The project will be a Build, Own, Operate, and Transfer (BOOT) approach. The plant will have an area of 15,000 square meters and a maximum slaughtering capacity of 60,000 live chickens and 3,000 pigeons and other small birds each day. Hong Kong's government is expecting the plants to be operational in 2009/2010.
Source: OIE/USDA FAS

Philippines

The Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA) recorded a 3.88% growth in 2006 despite the effects of typhoons Milenyo, Paeng, Queenie, and Reming and Seniang from September to December of 2006. The Philippines approved the importation of 3,000 MT of chicken leg quarters and/or whole chickens in October 2006, and another 2,000 MT November 6, 2006 to offset the anticipated supply shortfall.

Imports started arriving in late November through the last week of December. Before Christmas, imports reached 2,890 MT. The US exported 1,309.7 MT and 2,572.6 MT of leg quarters in October and November; December has not been released. All subsectors in 2006 recorded output gains except poultry, which dropped 0.37% and accounted for 14.61% of total agriculture production (887.6 billion pesos / US$18.2 billion, up 8.62%). The only poultry output gain was chicken eggs (up 3.11%). Yet the subsector grossed 110.7 billion pesos (US$2.3 billion), 4.18% over a year ago.

Regulations establishing guidelines for accreditation of Foreign Meat Establishments (FME), first released in February 2006 for public comment, was published and issued December 23, 2006 by the DA. Administrator Order No. 16 (AO16) took effect January 7, 2007 and now requires all FME's to obtain accreditation from the DA prior to export to the Philippines. A country may apply for either a system or individual FME accreditation under the new regulation.
Source: Philippine Bureau of Agricultural Statistics/ USDA FAS/news wires

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