The Philippine government has temporarily banned the entry of poultry products coming from Indiana into its country after the US Department of Agriculture announced the outbreak of H7N8 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in Dubois County. In a memorandum, the Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA) ordered the temporary ban on the importation of domestic and wild birds and their products, including poultry meat, day old chicks, eggs, and semen originating from Dubois County, Indiana.
“There is a need to prevent the entry of HPAI virus to protect the health of the public and the local poultry population,” DA Secretary Proceso Alcala said, explaining the rationale behind the ban. Aside from the ban, Alcala also ordered the immediate suspension of the processing, evaluation of the application, and issuance of Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) import clearance to the above-stated commodities coming from Indiana. He called on the stoppage and confiscation of all shipments of the above stated commodities, with the exception on heat treated products, into the country by all DA Veterinary Quarantine. “Frozen poultry meat with slaughter/process date of 21 days prior to the HPAI outbreaks are allowed to enter the country, but subject to veterinary quarantine rules and regulation,” Alcala noted.