MANILA — A temporary ban on the importation of domesticated and wild birds and tehir products from California, United States was declared by the Department of Agriculture, following the confirmed outbreak of bird flu.
“We have been closely monitoring advisories from the OIE since we want to proactively protect the integrity of our poultry products as avian flu-free,” Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said.
He added that the ban aims to maintain the health protection of the local poultry products.
The poultry products covered in the ban includes poultry meat, day-old chicks, eggs and semen.
Meanwhile, the outbreak was confirmed by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).
All shipments of poultry and poultry products except for the heat-related products will be stopped and confiscated.