AGRICULTURE Secretary William Dar has ordered a temporary ban on the importation of domestic and wild birds and their products including poultry meat, day old chicks, eggs and semen originating from Australia following a bird flu outbreak in the country.
In memorandum order No. 40, Series of 2020, Dar also ordered the immediate suspension of the processing, evaluation of the application and issuance of Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) import clearance to said commodities.
Based on the official report submitted by Dr. Mark Schipp, Australia’s agriculture chief veterinary officer to the World Organization for Animal Health, there was one outbreak of H7N7 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in Lethbridge, Victoria, Australia affecting birds on July 24, 2020.
“There is a need to prevent the entry of HPAI virus to protect the health of the local poultry population,” Dar added in his order.
Dar, however, said that all incoming poultry shipments with SPS import clearance issued on or before Aug. 6, 2020 will be allowed provided that frozen poultry meat has a slaughter/process date of 21 days prior to the start of the HPAI outbreak (on or before July 3, 2020).
All shipments will be the subject to veterinary quarantine rules and regulations.
Last week, the DA also temporarily banned the importation of chicken wings originating from Brazil after it was found out that said products were found to be positive with coronavirus.