PH bans all poultry products from England over bird flu outbreak

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 20) — The Philippines has temporarily banned the entry of poultry and poultry products from England in the UK after a town there reported a bird flu outbreak.

In a memorandum order issued by the Department of Agriculture, the importation of domestic and wild birds and their products like poultry meat, day old chicks, eggs, and semen from Frodsham in England, United Kingdom is prohibited for the meantime.

It also noted that processing and evaluation of application and issuance of sanitary and phytosanitary permits for the commodities are immediately suspended. Only permits issued on or before Nov. 9 will be allowed provided that frozen poultry meat has been processed 21 days prior to the outbreak.

As of October 2020, total poultry shipments from England reached 12.8 million kilos, according to latest data from the Bureau of Animal Industry. In 2019, total shipments were around 12 million kilos.

The DA cited a report by UK authorities to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) on Nov. 2, saying there is an outbreak of H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza in the area, affecting broiler breeder rearing birds.

According to reports filed before the OIE, the UK has been reporting other outbreaks, with the latest in Hereford, England that also affected broilers. The previous occurrence of the same strain was recorded in 2017, it noted.