Thursday, November 29, 2012

Philippine Gov't bans Australian poultry

November 29, 2012

THE PHILIPPINE government has banned poultry and poultry products from Australia due to an outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in New South Wales. Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala issued Memorandum Order No. 33 dated Nov. 28 that bans the "importation of domestic and wild birds and their products including poultry meat, day old chicks, eggs and semen originating from New South Wales, Australia."

The order also covers the suspension of the processing and issuance of the Veterinary Quarantine Clearance needed by importers of these products.

Except for heat-treated products, imports of poultry and poultry products from New South Wales will be confiscated by quarantine officers and inspectors at all major ports.

An outbreak of HPAI of the serotype H7 was detected in free range laying hens in New South Wales, Australia last Nov. 9.

"There is a need to prevent the entry of HPAI virus to protect the health of the local poultry population as well as human health," the memorandum read.

Avian influenza or bird flu is a disease capable of causing extremely high mortality in domestic or wild birds, which can be transferred to humans, causing diseases or even death.

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