Philippines lifts ban on Brazilian poultry imports

The Philippines has lifted its ban on poultry imports from Brazil on 7 September after adopting COVID-19 safety measures.

7 September 2020, at 10:46am

According to reporting in Bloomberg, the Brazilian government has introduced additional coronavirus prevention measures. However, the Philippines will require poultry products from Brazil to have labels stating that the meat was processed in facilities with strict hygiene and sanitation measures. A memorandum issued by the Philippine Agriculture Department says that shipments that do not comply with these conditions will be confiscated.

The Philippines imposed the ban on Brazilian poultry imports last month after China recorded the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, on Brazilian chicken wings. Brazil’s agriculture ministry said Manila’s decision was “disproportionate.”

As of July 2020, Brazil is the Philippines third-largest source of chicken imports.

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