DA lifts ban on poultry shipments from Luzon to Visayas, Mindanao

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 22) — The Department of Agriculture on Tuesday lifted the ban on the shipment of poultry and poultry products from Luzon to other parts of the country, following the bird flu outbreak in Pampanga and Nueva Ecija.

"Today, on the recommendation of the biosecurity team headed by Dr. Arlene Vytiaco and Dr. Enrico Garzon and, of course, with the conformity of the National Meat Inspection Service, I will be signing after this press conference an administrative order lifting the ban on the shipment of poultry and poultry products from Luzon to other parts of the country on certain conditions," said Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol in a press briefing.

Piñol said the products must not come from the 7-kilometer quarantine radius in San Luis, Pampanga, and the towns of Jaen and San Isidro in Nueva Ecija.

He added shipments must also be validated by quarantine officers, and must carry certification that they came from accredited and inspected farms in Luzon. The products must also carry the seal of the quarantine officers.

Fresh eggs, chicks, and chicken meat are allowed, as well as balut eggs that are cooked before shipment.

"All other products not mentioned but coming from accredited farms inspected by our quarantine officers and certified to be free from any diseases will be allowed," Piñol said.

Piñol said they considered the impact of the ban on the industry, especially to the farmers.

The ban was imposed last week because of the bird flu outbreak in San Luis, Pampanga.