DA bans poultry products from Japan

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DA bans poultry products from Japan
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  • The Department of Agriculture has banned poultry products from Japan due to the avian influenza outbreak
  • DA Memorandum Order No. 4 Series of 2024 suspended import clearances for Japanese wild birds, poultry, and poultry products
  • Japanese poultry imports already in transit, loaded and accepted on or before November 10, 2023 will be allowed entry to the Philippines
  • Shipments dispatched beyond Nov. 10 will be sent back to Japan, confiscated, or subject to destruction

The Department of Agriculture (DA) has banned poultry products from Japan after an avian influenza outbreak last November 24, in Kashima City, Saga Prefecture.

Agriculture Secretary Francisco Tiu Laurel Jr. issued Memorandum Order No. 4 Series of 2024 dated January 17, 2024, suspending import clearances for Japanese wild birds, poultry, and poultry products.

The ban includes poultry meat, day-old chicks, eggs, and semen and also ordered the immediate suspension of Sanitary Phytosanitary Import Clearance for the said commodities.

Japanese poultry imports already in transit, loaded and accepted on or before November 10, 2023 will be allowed entry to the Philippines.

The agriculture agency said it will seize and destroy or return to Japan poultry shipments dispatched beyond November 10.

The Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries reported an outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza to the World Organization for Animal Health.

DA earlier banned poultry products from US states California and Ohio; France; and Belgium due to the avian flu.