PHL bans poultry from Spain and Croatia

The Ministry of Agriculture (DA) has imposed a temporary ban on poultry from Spain and Croatia and pork products from Italy due to the outbreak of animal diseases in European countries.

In separate memorandum (MO) orders it issued on Wednesday, the DA said wild birds and their products, including poultry meat, day-old chicks, eggs and semen from Spain and Croatia, are not allowed to enter the country in the meantime due to the outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1.

The bird flu outbreaks have been confirmed by the Laboratorio Central de Veterinaria de Algete of Spain and the Croatian Veterinary Institute-Poultry Center of Croatia.

“It is necessary to prevent the entry of the HPAI virus to protect the health of the local poultry population,” the DA said in the MOs it published.

The agency warned that wild birds and poultry products from Croatia will be confiscated.

The DA also announced the temporary import ban on domestic and feral pigs and their products, including pork meat, pigskin, processed animal protein and semen from Italy.

This happened after the National Reference Laboratory for Classical and African Swine Fever confirmed that there was an outbreak of African swine fever in the province of Ovada in Alessandria, northern Italy.

The DA also ordered the suspension of processing and issuance of sanitary and phytosanitary import authorizations for said agricultural imports from Italy.

Said goods from Spain are still allowed to enter the country if they were produced or slaughtered before December 30, 2021. The production deadline, meanwhile, for shipments from Italy is December 23. 2021.

Livestock ban lifted

Meanwhile, the DA announced that it had lifted the temporary ban it had imposed on the importation of live cattle, meat and meat products, and processed bovine animal protein derived from cattle from Canada. and from Germany.

The DA imposed the ban last year due to the detection of atypical bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) or mad cow disease.

The Philippines requested Canada and Germany to provide their respective veterinary authorities’ documentary requirements regarding the “profile of BSE-positive animals, response measures to such outbreaks, and their national BSE surveillance activities. “. Ottawa and Berlin immediately complied with the request, the DA said.

The DA said both countries were able to provide “satisfactory evidence to show that the risk of importing livestock and its related products is negligible”.

Although the ban has been lifted, entry of products into the Philippines is still subject to certain conditions.

“Deboned beef, with the exception of head meat, industrial meat, sangria and neck, may be derived from cattle of all ages devoid of sinews and other BSE-specified risk materials [SRM] will be imported,” he said.

Boneless beef must come from healthy ambulatory, unslaughtered cattle.

Finally, the packaging label must bear the date of slaughter of the cattle or production of the beef.

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