Philippines Bans Poultry Imports from Taiwan on Avian Flu Report

by 5m Editor
7 October 2013, at 6:24am

PHILIPPINES - The Department of Agriculture on Friday (4 October) said it imposed a ban on poultry meat products, domestic and wild birds including day old chicks, eggs and semen from Taiwan, following reports of an outbreak of low Pathogenic Avian Influenza or LPAI in the township of Yuli, Hua-lien.

According to GMA News, Dr Ping-Cheng Yang, director of the Animal Technology Institute Taiwan, reported to the Office International Des Epizooties (OIE), about the outbreak.

LPAI serotype H5N3 was isolated from a duck farm in the township on 16 July 2013. The presence of the virus was confirmed on 2 August 2013.

Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala ordered a freeze on all imports of domestic and wild birds from Taiwan to keep domestic poultry population from being infected, the department noted in an e-mailed statement.

All processing and evaluation of applications for Veterinary Quarantine Clearance on importing all related commodities from Taiwan were suspended, the Agriculture Department said.

Veterinary inspectors in all major ports of entry in the Philippines were ordered to stop all shipments of poultry meat and similar products from Taiwan.

Outbreaks of bird flu have repeatedly struck Taiwan.

The Agriculture Department lifted a temporary ban on importing poultry products from Taiwan in November 2012 after global animal health authorities issued a clearance that it was free from bird flu contamination. But outbreak of the highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N2 (HPAI H5N2) was discovered in a chicken farm in Taiwan a month later.

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